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January 1 
1919 




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My Year 

Herbert Atkinson Jump 

Today I am facing a new year strange; 
What gift will it bring me of joy or change? 

I will make it a year of faith and prayer, 

A year of high endeavor; 
I will crowd it with deeds both brave and fair, 

I will act the hero ever. 

I will search the world for hearts to bless; 

I will fit out my love with wings; 
I will fill my days with tenderness 

That thinks and soothes and sings. 

I will travel God's path at God's own rate; 

I will welcome both gain and loss; 
Nor will I rebel when Heaven's gate 

Looks tragically like a cross. 

And so as I live through the strange new time, 
The Master will make it a year sublime. 





Asniana ineoiogicai yuraiy 

Ashland, Ohio 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Opening Words of the Editor 2 

Editorial Eeview - 3 

Time to Report — Chas. A. Bame, D.D. 4 

The New Sense of World Brotherhood— Prof. J. L. Gillin, Ph.D... 5 

Challenges of the New Year — G. H. Jones . . . ." 6 

Coping with Difficulties — G. L. Mans 7 

Sermon: The Outlook of Faith— President W. D. Furry, Ph.D. . . 8-9 

New Year Ideals— G. S. Baer 9 



Second Highest Percentage Gain — Prof. J. A. Garber 9 

Some New Mission Opportunities — Edwin Boardman, Jr 10 

Frankly Facing the Tasks of 1919— Prof . J. A. Garber 11 

The Endeavor Society Helping the Sunday School — ^W. E. Deeter 11 

News from the Field 12-15 

Let's Talk It Over— E. E. Teeter, D.D 15 

Matrimonial 15 

In the Shadow 16 



EDITORIAL 



Opening Words From Your Friend, the New Editor 



It is with a keen sense of the bigness and difficulty of the task 
that I enter upon the work to which the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany and the late General Conference have called me. And I hope 
you will not misunderstand me when I say that it has been with much 
reluctance that I have yielded to persuasion to accept the editorship 
of The Brethren Evangelist. I am not unmindful of the honor that 
has been conferred upon me in this position nor the unparalleled 
opportunities for broadening vision and of far-reaching influence that 
it offers me. But I know that no opportunity is without a correspond- 
ing responsibility and it is the shadow of that responsibility growing 
constantly heavier with consideration that has caused me to waver. 
Through my imagination I can understand something of the peculiar 
difficulties of the editorship of a denominational paper like our own. 
And I am not presumptuous enough to think that I can cope with 
these alone. If we are to have a brighter and more original church 
paper it will require more than the very best effort of any one man 
as editor. Aside from the guiding wisdom of God it will require -the 
co-operation of the brotherhood in financing and the help of her relig- 
ious leaders in writing to make it possible. The making of a church 
paper is a co-operative business. This, I pray, you may all under- 
stand. It is not my business alone, nor yours, but ours. I have 
accepted the leadership you have placed upon me in this matter on 
condition that you give me your hearty and active co-operation. A 
very large number of the Brethren pledged themselves to do this at 
the late Conference. I have taken them at their word and believe 
they will make good their promises when called upon for some con- 
tribution. For my part, I stand ready, trusting in the wisdom and 
strength of God, to give constantly the very best service that is pos- 
sible for me to render. I will consider no sacrifice too much to make 
and no task too forbidding to undertake by divine help in order that 
we may have themtost attractive, most practically helpful and most 
Bpirituall/ uplifting official organ possible. And with mutual faith 
and co-operation, I am sure that every difficulty can be overcome and 
every problem solved. 

A Policy of rairness 
It is with a scruple of keen conscience for the letter and spirit 
of fairness man to man that I enter upon my editorial duties. I have 
no desire to interfere with the free expresison of opinion and inter- 
pretation merely because it may differ from mine. I would not, if 
I could, require another's thoughts to be made over the mould of my 
own, any more than I would consent to another determining the char- 
acter of my thinking. I am desirous that we shall feel our freedom 



limited only by the manifest spirit and written Word of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. And this last statement excludes the apostles of the 
late Pastor Eussell and the late Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy and their likej 
if any have fears that such a platform is too broad. It also excludes 
the use of unkind, incourteous and unChristian characterizations and 
personalities, if any should ever seem provoked to such a degree. Such 
a policy, I believe, meets the approval of practically all of both the 
ministry and the laity of our beloved church. This confidence was 
gained at the 1918 Conference immediately after my election to the 
editorship by a canvas made of as many ministerial and lay delegates 
as I could get in touch with in the one remaining day who felt them- 
selves qualified to write. I put into their hands a paper headed with 
these words, ' ' On a policy of justice and fairness to all, regardless 
of diiferences in thinking, and an insistence upon the principles of 
Christian courtesy, will you co-operate with the newly elected editor 
of The Brethren Evangelist by the writing of occasional articles of 
merit when called upon and requested at least one month in advance? 
If so, subscribe to this paper." Of those interviewed there were none 
who did not consent to the fairness of the policy and practically all 
subscribed to it. Any who are willing to co-operate with me on such 
a policy, whether ministers or laymen, are requested to send me their 
names. Bear in mind I am desirous of enlisting the co-operation of 
laymen as well as ministers. Such co-operation will carry -ndth it the 
consciousness of having done what you could to make the Evangelist 
what you would like it to be. 

Give Only Your Best 

It is my desire to secure as large a list of contributors as possible 
and yet I am sure I would not be measuring up to your expectations 
of me if I should not insist upon the maintenance of a high standard 
of writing. By that I mean not that every article shall be a master- 
piece, but that each one shall be the very best that its author can 
make. He who has he privilege of writing for i»pproximately 20,- 
000 readers ought to consider it important enough to give his very 
best, most careful and prayerful thought in the very best language 
he can command. Any old thing written in any- old way is not fair 
either to the editor or the readers. 

An Advisory Committee 
If the unexpected should happen and an article should come to 
the editor's hands that is so far afield from safe Biblical interpreta- 
tion or wholesome religious instruction as to be called in question by 
the editor, he will refer such article to an advisory committee com- 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



posed of President W. D. Furry, Dean J. Allen Miller, Business Man- 
ager E. R. Teeter and Editor of Sanday School Literature, A. D. 
■ Gnagey. These men will co-operate with the editor in determining 
the policy of the paper. 

A Eec[uest for Prayer 
I crave your daily prayers that God may use me in this new 
position in just the way that will please him most. You can pray if 
you cannot write, and I believe in the accomplishing power of prayer. 
The difficulty of my task justifies my asking the prayers of the 
brotherhood as much as any other position in the Brethren church. 
Moreover, I feel myself as weak and needy as any other man. If 
you will support me with your prayers, I am sure God will give me 
strength and wisdom to serve you very humbly and sincerely. 

GEORGE S. BAER. 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 

This is a good time to put the Evangelist in every home of your 
congregation. Read Brother Teeter's words on page 15 and proceed 
to do what he suggests. We need you to help start the new year 
right. And when you have the Evangelist in every home, write 
something about your work for the news department of the paper, 
that will make the paper more valuable to your people. That is what 
Brother Homer Anderson did, and I am sure he will find that his 
people will stand by him the more loyally and appreciate his services 
the more keenly because he has told in this public way of their 
co-operation and the victory he and they have gained. 

From a letter accompanying Dr. Gillin's article we learn that 
his work with the Red Cross will not permit him to get back into 
his regular work in the University of Wisconsin for possibly a few 
months and inay be addressed at Glen Ellyn, Illinois. His Red Cross 
work is keeping him very busy. With the demobilization of the 
armies it is growing heavier. The Department of Civilian Relief must 
stand by the families and the men until every last man is back into 
civil life with a job and with his family life normal again. 

-^i-"'-y> ^"f Brother Beachler's report this week, we notice that he is 
and evi i that the days of interruption are past, that he will allow 
C0mp8",j small as the "flu" or bad weather to stop his work for 
the ^-e endowment. And we are delighted to see the mercury rise 
in the thermometer. Pennsylvania is doing herself proud. 

Under the new arrangements it will be necessary to have all mate- 
rial for publication in the editor's hands by Friday noon, if it is 
desired to have it appear in the week following. Everything of an 
editorial nature should arrive earlier if possible. 

Notice Brother Lytle's request for the prayers of the brotherhood 
in behalf of his evangelistic campaign now in progress. Brethren 
can help each other in this way. 

The call for the New Year reports on the Four- Year Program 
campaign has gone forth from General Director Bame. Brother Lytle, 
Indiana District Director also issues a special appeal. The Ohio Direc- 
tor, George S. Baer, would like to add a word of urgency concerning 
the early sending of reports. And doubtless other District Directors 
are anxious about the matter. So let the churches be anxious also, 
and success will come to all. 

Brother Maus reports that in the midst of a revival meeting at 
Eryan, Ohio, with Brother Lytle as evangelist, the "-flu" came along 
and settled in their midst and stopped everything. Many a good plan, 
faithfully undertaken, has been suddenly halted by things over which 
we have no immediate control, this last fall. But let ns believe and 
work to the end that God will give victory in the end to those who 
serve him faithfully. 

The appearance of President Furry 's sermon, "The Outlook for 

Faith: A Christmas Meditation," in this New Year number means 

that Christmas cannot be limited to one particular day in the year. 

It is well that the voices of Christmas echo and re-echo after the 

' twenty-fifth of December has gone. Thus we shall be able the better 



to keep the Christmas spirit going through all the days of the year. 
Read the sermon carefully, it is a great message. 

Brother L, S. Bauman is assisting Brother W. E. Thomas of Mil- 
ford, Indiana, in an evangelistic campaign and has just closed a 
meeting with Brother J. A. Mclnturff at Goshen. Doubtless reports 
of faithful striving will soon reach us from these points. 

Brother N. W. Jennings reports some good results from evangelis- 
tic campaigns in the South and his "Travel Notes" will be read ivii ■ 
interest. He is now located as pastor of the First Brethren church 
of Los Angeles, California. 

Brother C. F. Yoder sends a good report from Rio Quarto, South 
America. Present conditions certainly challenge the Brethren church 
with opportunities that have never been equalled. Keep these things' 
in mind and pray over them until Easter and it may be that the Lord 
will move the hearts of our people to supply both money and life 
to make possible a larger work in this promising and needy field at 
this most opportune time. 

Several of the ministers have recently been in the grip of the 
"flu." There may be others, but these are known to have been sick 
because they reported inability to comply immediately to requests for 
articles, Brethren McClain, Oberholtzer and Whitted. May they and 
all others similarly indisposed be restored soon to normal strength and 
health. I wish to acknowledge my appreciation of the fact that they 
notified me of their inability to write. The cause was certainly suffi- 
cient and we were not disappointed by waiting for an expected article 
that could not come. But they will write as soon as able. The re- 
sponse thus far to my requests for contributions has been generous. 
Thank you. Brethren. 

Whenever a new church is dedicated don't fail to send a cut of 
it to the Evangelist. We cannot all go to see your new building, but 
we do want to see a picture of it. All the Brethren want it, so 
don't forget. AVe are hoping to be able to show you soon the picture 
of the recently dedicated church of Fillmore, California, of which 
Brother Sylvester Lowman is pastor. 

You will notice that "Page Eight" has been transferred to page 
three. This has been made necessary for several reasons. You may 
unconsciously turn to page eight for a while to find the news in brief, 
but in time we think you will find the change an advantage to you 
as it will bo to us from an editorial standpoint. If you like the Evan- 
gelist in its new dress, tell your friends about it and get some new 
subscriptions. 

As this paper was going to press a telegram came from Brother 
G. C. Carpenter of Peru, Indiana, asking us to publish an urgent call 
for two teachers for Lost Creek, Kentucky. They are needed imme- 
diately. Who will say, "Here am I; send meV Write Brother 
Carpenter. 

To the pastors: When sending in obituary notices, kindly do not 
keep them until you have enough to fill a column. Several such re- 
ports have come in in one week and it makes it impossible to report 
them all prornptly. Please send the notices as your funerals occur 
and we will not be compelled to hold back some for lack of space. 
Same true of marriage notices. Thank you for taking it so kindly. 
We know you will co-operate. 

A card from Brother G. T. Eonk says "We are "on" — the Sun- 
day School Contest via Waterloo route." It looks as if Brother 
Goughnour's people would have a merry company. "Get on board, 
there 's room for many more. ' ' 

Crown Chapel, Iowa is on the Evangelist Honor Roll, so Brother 
G. T. Eonk reports. This will make Brother Teeter laugh next week 
in the Business Manager's Comer. It tickles the editor, too. Keep 
coming. 

A new missionary by the name of Paul James Cook arrived at the 
home of Brother and Sister James S. Cook, December 3, 1918. Con- 
gratulatoins and good wishes to you and yours, Brother Cook. 



PAGE 4 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



FOUR- YEAR PROGRAM PAGE 

r^OW THE:V do IT.-II Saniuel 3:18 

Conducted by Charles A. Bame 



TIME TO REPORT 

Tliis message is planned to come to you in the first issue 
of the year 1919. The first thing I wish to say to the pas- 
tors and Keymen all over this great country of ours is that 
it is time to report! Does it come to you a little like that 
little-too-early call for breakfast? Well, I assure you it does 
to me; I am a pastor Avhose work has been "hard hit" by 
the very unusual happenings of the past three months. But 
it is time to get up, now and report. I am sorry that our 
reports will not be what we have prayed they might, but it is 
time. If you will look into your ' ' Hand Book ' ' — is it handy ? 
— ^you will find on the inside of the first cover a post card 
that asks for a report in the month of January. Well, that 
, month is biit a few days away. Hence this call : 

PASTORS or CONGREGATIONAL KEYMEN Avill 
please see that a card is started to the District Director — 
see first page of the booklet — no later than JANUARY 15, 
1919. 

District Directors -\\-ill have till February 15 to get them 

to me. This is a more generous allotment of time than I had 

given last year and it is to be hoped that no congregation 

Avill neglect to make the best report possible by that time. 

What is the Use? 

Well, what is? If we do not care to know Avhere Ave 
are getting, then, ' ' what is the use ? ' ' But how can we plan 
to make up for lost time if we delay finding just what is our 
present status? 

How Hard Have We Been "Hit?" 

Doctors tell me we shall not know till next summer 
how terrible have been the ravages of the "flu." We can 
not, perhaps. Neither can we tell how much the churches 
have been handicapped till then, because it will not have 
been all written till that time; but much of it has already 
been written — pray God the most of it — and we do Avaut 
to know as soon as possible how to plan for the recouping 
of the terrible losses of the past months, other years, perhaps 
the most fruitful of all the year. 

Accurate Records 

Accurate records of the promptness of the churches will 
be kept by the Program Committee. First place will be 
gained in case of a tie by the one that first reports. "Noav 
then. Do It" is becoming a good slogan and always will be 
because it is so easy to defer things and this is too important 
to be deferred. The Avay to get right with the Program is 
to "do it now" as soon as this comes to you. 

Shall We Report If We Have Lost All Goals? 

By all means. Certainly, that will not be good news, 
but it will be important news. The only Avay Ave shall be 
able to erase the aAvful blackness of the charts on pages 8, 
10 and 11 of the Hand Book and therefore from the records 
of last year, is to get reports. 

Reports, Avhether they are good or bad! I am here to 
assure you that the one I send to my District Director Avill 



not look good compared to the one I desired to have ready 
for this time, but I shall send it, neA'ertheless. Report all 
the goals you have lost even if it is sixteen. 
What Shall We Do To Be Saved? 

Many of the people AA^ho are expected to report have 
often preached on the above subject. Then, you have, per- 
haps, preached on "What Must I Do to Be Lost?" and ans- 
Avered, NOTHING. That is all one needs to be lost — ^just 
nothing. That is all you need to do to lose this program. 
If Ave gam it, hoAvever, it Avill be done by Avhole-hearted co- 
operation by every member of the churches all over this land 
of ours. Keymen, pastors, organization leaders, just ordi- 
nary memljers — Ave all need assiduously to address ourselves 
. to the tremendous task Ave have set for ourselves and do it 
as quickly as possible. 

NoAv, A ' ' Happy NeAv Year ' ' 

FelloAv Workers, that comes from the heart. In the last 
four years the AA'orld has been full enough of sorrow and 
disappointment. This fall and Avinter has been the worst 
ever for most pastors of the Brethren churches. Churches 
have had to pay for Avhat they did not get and pastors have 
been accepting pay for services they could not give because 
oppoi-tunity denied it to them. It has not been easy for 
either pastor or laymen to endure it. But the good God 
knoAVS best. In his wise providence, all will end Avell. Let 
lis be happy in the opportunity that is to be oux's ai'^'^'""~'"i-a3 
he is only trying more plainly to mark out for us h^ to the 
Let us not be blind nor asleep, but Avatching to see his Agates 
in it all. ""i-- 

Tomofrow 

What Avill tomorroAv tell? A letter from one of my 
IDarishioners in a distant city a fcAV days ago Avrote: "avc 
are living in strange times. ' ' Who Avill deny it ? The Avliole 
of Europe is unmade. America, AA'hether in loud tones or 
faint, is threatened Avith the rumblings of a different Avorld. 
Old precedents are being broken right and left and new' 
conduct is already in A'ogue or commg. With the unmaking, 
Ave had little to do. With the remaking, Ave ought to liaA^e 
and to do our full share. Can Ave do it? Are Ave ready to 
do it? Small as is our number, Ave are not so small as Gid- 
eon's 300. At home and abroad, the tomorroAV is to be differ- 
ent. Whether the promised Coming is to be the climax of 
the present crisis or Avhether the Avorld is really to be shaped 
for a time Ijy the Councillors at the peace table, the time is 
portentous. Is God Avitli us as he Avas Avith Gideon? If he 
is, the program is important and Ave ought to give ourselves 
to its most diligent advancement. TomorroAA^ — ours is but 
a small number of months distant — and a big lot of the pro- 
gram is still unfinished. Perilous times have been passed 
and perilous times are still ahead. Let us keep steady ; dili- 
gent; alert. TomorroAv Avill be too late unless Ave do Avell 
Avhat Ave have for the task, today. 

BE SURE TO REPORT! 

IF IN DOUBT, CONSULT THE HANDBOOK. 

BAME. 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



GENERAL ARTICLES 



The New Sense of World Brotherhood. By j. l. Giiiin 



A new epoch lias begmi in human history. This new 
year sees a decision in liuman history whicli marks a step 
forward in the development of the Kingdom of God. It sees 
the death of the doctrine of the supremacy of Might in hu- 
man affairs. It sees the embodiment of that doctrine in cow- 
ardly flight from his own land and from the people for whom 
he claimed to have such affection. The new year Avill mark 
not only a new year but a new epoch. "Old things have 
passed away: behold, all things are becoming new." 

During the four years of war two significant things have 
happened which have a bearing upon the relations of peo- 
ples. One of these is that as never before the rest of man- 
kind has become conscious of the German sense of superior- 
ity to other nations. The other is that the nations allied 
against Germany in th_e great struggle- have discjaiiered . m 
their common danger from the enemy anew bond of fellow.; 
ship. 

The arrogance of the Germans was well known only to 
those who had come into close touch with them. The dip- 
lomats knew it full well. Scholars who had read much in 
German philosophy, German politics and German Political 
Economy or who had traveled in Germany knew it well. 
Any of you who read my articles describing my trip to 
Europe ten years ago will remember that I mentioned the 
lack of German civility towards foreigners, especially to 
those who could not speak their language well. In some 
respeets I think that arrogance is somehow a part of the 
German character. One can not fail to notice it in many 
Germans he has known in this country. At any rate in 
Germany they certainly possess it with respect to anything 
German. To hear Germans talk, there was never any such 
goods as German-made goods. German science and philos- 
ophy, German technology, German literature, German music 
and even German are were, to hear thera tell it, beyond 
comparison with any other. That was their conception of 
the superiority of -^vhat they called German Kultur. 

Not only had the Germans persuaded themselves that 
they were the greatest nation in the world, but they had 
well nigh persuaded the rest of mankind that they were 
God's chosen people. This they had done through their edu- 
cational system. They furnished the best system of gradu- 
ate study "to be found in the world. This they provided at 
very little cost through their state universities. Their uni- 
versities attracted students for graduate work from all over 
the world. Not only did these institutions furnish the best 
training for graduate students in many lines, but they also 
inculcated respect for Kultur, which in many cases carried 
over in the thoughts of the students from other countries 
into other realms than education. 

On the other hand, no sooner did the war break out 
with Germany's refusal to allow Austria to compromise Avith 
Serbia and with her violation of her sacredly pledged word 
to respect the neutrality of Belgium, followed soon after by 
Bethmann-Holweg's cynical assertion that necessity knows 
no law, and that the treaty was but a scrap of paper, than 
the English and Americans for the most part saw what the 
French had long known, that German Kultur was founded 
on the doctrine of Might as against the doctrine held by the 
Entente nations and the United States, the doctrine of Jus- 
tice. The Kaiser was right last spring when he said that 
this war is a struggle of ideals. The recognition of this dif- 
ference between the national ideals of Germany on the one 
hand and the ideals of the Entente nations on the other also 
made clear what before had been obsciire, namely, that the 
other Western nations, especially the great democracies, 
cherished ideals very much alike. The ideals included that 
of Justice. 

By Justice we have come to understand through the 



terrible struggles and sufferings of this war that we mean 
a number of things. We mean that course of conduct Avhich 
we should desire from another were we in his place in deal- 
ing with us. In short we mean the application of the Golden 
Rule of Jesus. Moreover, we apply that ideal of justice botk 
to the individual within the nation and to other nations and 
peoples. To the German The State is supreme as over against 
the indi^ddual ; tlie strong state as against the weak one. At 
once the people of England, Prance and America — aside from 
those individuals who had succumbed to German Kultur — ■ 
saAv that they possessed commmon national ideals. Not only 
the bond of common danger but the magnet of common 
ideals drew the peoples arrrayed against the Germans to- 
gether into a fellowship of feeling and action. Thus two 
things good came out of the terrible war — (1) clear-cut con- 
ception of comiJion ideals as against opposing ideals, and 
(2) the drawing together of those possessing a common 
ideal and common purpose. Unfortunately, however, the 
war stirred up strife and hate as Avell as fellowship betAveen 
different nations and peoples. 

The Germans have seen their armies Ijeaten. They have 
seen the hated English and the despised Amricans and the 
contemptible and "degenerate" French force them to sur- 
render their proud armies and their beloved navy. They 
have seen the enemy upon German soil. They have heard 
their "Deutschland uber Alles" answered with the Marseil- 
laise. They have been compelled to have their cry "Gott 
strafe England" shoved down their own throats. They have 
been starved for four years for naught. They find them- 
selves burdened with not only their OAvn enormous war-debt 
but with the burden of paying for their wanton devastations. 
Naturally they will not at once feel very kindly towards 
those who have dashed their dreams to earth and destroyed 
their fondest hopes. Can the Germans be included in this 
new sense of brotherhood? 

The answer to that question depends largely upon two 
things: (1) Upon how completely they have been whipped. 
No one knows just what the conditions in Germany are at 
the time this is Avritten. If the Germans have been so com- 
pletely overcome that throughout the Empire there is a rec- 
ognition that the things for which Germany fought cannot be 
obtained, not only now but evermore, then there is the pos- 
sibility that the German people may come to revise their so- 
cial and national ideals. All depends upon (2) the way in 
which the conquerors treat the conquered Germans. If the 
Allies and the United States treat them firmly, but kindly, 
establishing order, but bringing to them food and helping the 
people to change their conception of the ideals of the Allies 
and the United States, that sense of brotherhood may include 
the peoples of the Central powers also. On the other hand if 
the Allies mistreat the inhabitants of the Central Empires, 
returnnig evil for evil, rather than good for evil, allowing 
their people to starve even if it is possible to give them food, 
heaping insult upon them as they have heaped injury and 
insult upon the occupied territories of France and Belgium, 
then we shall have a fine harvest of sullen hate that a hun- 
dred years cannot overcome. In short if the spirit of Chris- 
tianity; the spirit of mercy for a fallen foe, inspires the Allies 
in tlie'ir dealings with the Germans, then we may hope that 
this war shall have brought us a little nearer not only to 
clearer views on Liberty and Democracy, but to that ideal 
of Paul which he declared before the adherents of an ancient 
Kultur, a race as proud of the achievements of their race as 
the German.s, and Avith much more reason in their day, the 
Greeks, when on Mar's Hill he declared, "God hath made of 
one blood all nations that dwell on the face of the earth. ' ' 
The test of our Christian spirit is coming in the next few 
months. Yesterday was the judgment day of Kultur. . Noav 
is the judgment day for Christian civilization. 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Challenges of the New Year. By George H. Jones 



Challenges are of two kinds. First, there is the chal- 
lenge of difficulty, the lure of a worthy goal bringing out 
every characteristic that God counts worth while in the con- 
queror who overcomes himself and loses his identity in the 
glory of a noble cause. It is the summons of a great cause. 
Second, there is the challenge to mortal combat of an enemy, 
where the total defeat of the vanquished is sought. 

In olden times a challenge came from one Christian 
knight to another, in an endeavor to try his courage and 
skill. From this high ideal came a descent in later times to 
less honorable motives, some using the knightly joust or 
tournament to defeat and kill an antagonist. Many enmities 
were settled in this way. The duel of the past century Avas 
a survival of the old custom of the right to challenge Avheii 
a gentleman was offended. 

Challenges to the church imply the ever present conflict 
between good and evil; right against wrong; the divine 
against the devilish. These challenges to the church par- 
take of a nature that threatens its very existence. The two 
cannot exist in harmony. In past ages the strength and pow- 
er of the church was dedicated to righting wrong, the defeat 
of evil and the encouragement of good. Wherever and 
whenever its opportunity came, the permanence of its work 
was guaranteed by the quality of its service. Its secret of 
strength, if there was any secret, rested in its unselfish spirit 
to lift man higher than his habits, to purify his impyilses and 
to teach him self-control through the mightiest personality 
the world ever saw — the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The old year has been an eventful one. The new will be 
in its way equally as Avonderful. Challenges varied as the 
old are beginning to fling out their banners, and problems 
legion in number and puzzling as any we have yet faced. 
Our greatest danger will not be in our own activity, but in 
our selection. Our bias is our danger. There is nothing sad- 
der than a man of splendid parts, or an organization of noble 
men and women, frittering away their strength and power, 
totally immersed in minor maladjustments of society, that 
will eventually right themselfes, if sixbordinated, as they 
should be, to the greater evils to which they are related, busy- 
ing ourselves with methods, when vital problems are totter- 
ing to defeat, because of neglect, neglecting the weightier 
matters of national and local morals and customs. 

The New Year calls for new choices. There are indus- 
trial knots to initie; social errors to rectify; moral values 
to rejuvenate; political chaos to stabilize; religious facts to 
be given new applications. Every realm of human endea- 
vor is needing readjustment. As a church we are interested 
in some of them exclusively, as individuals we are interested 
in all of them, as Christians our interests are largely, thoiigh 
not excMsively, in the moral and religious challenges. Any 
neglect of these endanger all that we have won. 

What the contribution of the Brethren church in the 
past has been other than in a local manner, is a mooted ques- 
tion. We have no time in this article to debate the question. 
It has been in the writer's opinion larger than most of us 
think. But' we must concern ourselves with the past only as 
it helps to direct our future. 

Many local opportunities are offering themselves and 
challenging our strength and faith. Many denominational 
goals are calling. Our loyalty to these many and essential 
standards is necessary. We are put upon our mettle by 
these multiplied calls, but our answer to them Avill prove 
whether we can rise to our privileges and become a factor 
in, not only local affairs, but national as well. 

The Changing Order 
It is universaly conceded that the world cannot be the 
same since the war, as it Avas before. We need to see the 
change and heed the direction in AA'hich it is going. Back of 
the effect is the cause. The past two or three years has cryjs- 
tallized many ideals. Co-operation and concentration liaA-e 
been the passAvords of the times. Efficiency has been the 



open Sesame to every effort. Capital and labor haA^e worked 
more harmoniously than ever before. Eecreation has had 
more scientific and eonsciencious consideration than it ever 
had. Comforts and luxuries have become not only common, 
but excessive. Poverty has almost disappeared. The reac- 
tion is bound to set in some time. When, only Go'd knows!" 
Compelling our serious consideration are the foUoAving Na- 
tional Challenges that overshadoAv so many minor ones. 

Sabbath Desecration 

The glory of the early settlers in America Avas the relig- 
ious significance of Simday — the Lord's Day. The efforts of 
selfish interests, and unrestrained passion for plea.sure ,haA^e 
combined to undermine the sacredness of the day. Under 
pleas of personal privilege and the bribe of charity, the land 
has become aflame Avith efforts to make a holiday out of a 
holy daJ^ Thinking minds in every epoch of our national 
history have solemnly Avarned us against the subtle desecra- 
tion of the day, some liaA-e even gone so far as to prophecy 
the beginning of the Avreck of our national life, AAdien loose 
religious ideals permit the thoughtless to secularize the day. 
Coming from Europe Avliere a continental Sunday is the 
Aveekly holiday — not in England, but in Belgium, France and 
Germany, Ave Avill haA'c to face the challenge of a looser re- 
liigous ideal of the Lord's Day than ever. Will the church 
stand ready to meet the challenge? 

The Cigarette Evil 

One of the alarming features of the Avorld Avar, Avas the 
total surrender of tAvo great religious and beneA'olent insti- 
tutions to the devil of Nicotine. At the close of a gigantic 
Avar that nourished so many splendid ideals, was one fact 
that not only left many Avith a disappointed feeling, but 
stands accountable for many deaths. It is the cigarette 
habit. Their surrender of their high ideals of physical 
health for the sake of a usefulness that Avas sure to be theirs 
in any event, thinking men stand appalled at the lack of 
foresight. Young soldiers by the thousands learned to smoke 
or after a short resistance, took up Avith an old and CAdl 
habit and became again victoms of the Little White SlaA^ers. 
The sceptical press evei-yAvhere sneered openly and adver- 
tised the fact that these institutions AA-ere the biggest dis- 
tributors of ' ' Th Coffin Nail ' ' the world ever saAv. What a 
spectacle ! A habit is encouraged that sober business men 
and reputable physicians have dubbed as "the prolific canse 
of untold physical deterioration and moral lapses." The 
death toll AA-hen hard users of cigarettes Avere badly Avound- 
ed or contracted pneumonia Avas so serious that only God 
and the government could keep track of the damage. It 
Avas strange too hoAV press and public orator Avere hypno- 
tized when the great tobacco trust boasted of its entire out- 
put dumped into the lungs of our boys through religious or- 
gani;5ations. A false idea of patriotism closed the lips and 
paralyzed the pens of almost cA^erybody. Physiologically 
any physician can describe its ravages. Morally, the reform- 
ers have been telling us, its ravages are great. Where hoAV 
are the prophets of Israel? There is no challenge fraught 
Avith bigger consequences than the cigarette evil. 

Christianizing Money 

Business ethics are not always Christian CA'^en in a Chris- 
tian land. Vast fortunes which the goA^ernment proposes to 
tax almost to forfeiture is mute evidence of the profiteering 
of great corporate bodies, having a mind to make money, 
but no soul to have a conscience. Consider the Avar profits, 
so-called, the abnormal dividends Avhen the A^ery sons of 
the profiteers Avere paying in blood for an ideal Avhich their 
fathers were selling at 50 percent on the inA'estment. 

The corporation seconded by the indiAddual business 
man avIio transacted business upon the basis of "Get all you 
can," resulted in government regulations to prcA'ent fur- 
ther extortion. 

The same principle has drugged the generosity of the 



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man who gave the Lord $26.00 per year on a $1,000.00 wage, 
and still gives the same on $2,000.00, in withholding from 
God what belongs to him. Worship of mammon, or the spir- 
it of covetonsness, is the same in each case. 

Mission apportionments are as hard to get as ever, even 
with only 50 percent advance in incomes. Financing the 
activities of the Kingdom throvigh our average church is as 
hard a task as ever, even with the many swollen incomes. 
Of course the cost of living has advanced. 

The challenge of the covetous spirit ought to stimulate 
the church to a restatement of its position on tithing. To 
tithe seems the only adequate answer to the problem. 

The church has risen to the situation in the past. What 
she has done she can do again. The stalwart Christian 
knights whose armor of faith never failed, have left us an 
heritage of which we can be proud. Their devotion in other 
days to the great tasks they faced, is inspiring to those who 
gird themselves for the battle today. They battled against 
immorality until even poloticians were willing to close the 
red light districts and admit the folly of their coinage, 
"Without such houses a decent woman would not be safe 
on the street." 

They battled against subtle bribery, which challenged 
those in authority to secure justice. It is now looked upon 



as such an ugly act that even criminals shrink from at- 
tempting it. Its only survival now is "tipping" men to do 
what they are paid regular wages to perform. 

The battle against duelling, the quickest method, and 
the safest from the charge of murder, to get rid of an ene- 
my; 

Against lotteries imtil public sentiment was educated 
in favor of a law condemning them ; 

Against gambling, the ruin of many a splendid career ; 

Against the licensed liquor traffic until — but what 
can Ave say more? Faith and faithful men have accom- 
plished miracles. 

Facing the coming year with so much to inspire us, the 
tasks before us challenge our faith and faithfulness. Sab- 
bath desecration we will fight ; the cigarette evil we will 
fight ; the covetous spirit we will fight, with all the attend- 
ant evils that comes from indulgence in these forms of sin. 

Notjforgetting the fact that when v';e change_an individ- 
iiaLlife we begin the change of his environment. - -When 
there has been a sufficient number of lives changed, the en- 
vironment of a whole community will be transformed. Ref- 
ormation like charity begins at home, and great moral and 
religions transformations begin in the individual life. Our 
biggest challenge is the nearest unconverted man or woman. 



Coping with Difficulties. By g. l. Maus 



While the nation is aroused and responsive as aiever 
before and while the boys are in constant motion coming 
from the camps and from the front, it is time for the church 
to adopt some program as great for the church as the war 
program was for National patriotism, or for financial inter- 
ests which are profiting by the war. During the last two 
years the strain of this awful war has brought calls on 
every side, such as. Red Cross, Young Men's Christian Asso- 
ciation,, etc. Patriotism has been running high everyivhere, 
thus making the work of the church exceedingly difficult. 
The "flu" epidemic which has taken more lives than the war 
itself, has completely changed the winter program, which 
we fear will cause a reflection through out the whole year, 
as some of our. churches have been closed for weeks and 
some for months by the State Board of Health, an^ this too 
makes our work more difficult. How are we going to meet 
these things? There is just one way we as a church are 
going to meet these difficulties and that is by every man and 
woman putting him or herself to the work as never before. 

It is striking testimony to the influence of the church 
in the world that comes from one not overly friendly to 
Christianity and much less to the church, when he declares 
that with the decline of the church, sin and evil have in- 
creared and the real problem which we face today is not 
this, that, or the other specific evil, but is primarily a relig- 
ious problem. We are not ready to admit the decline of the 
church, but we will agree vdth the statement, that with the 
decline of the church, sin and evil will increase, and for this 
very reason, if for no other, the church is entitled to the sup- 
port of every man who has in his heart some way to bet+r 
the conditions of human society. It is also implied in the 
statement that the church at its best has within itself the 
poAver to solve every problem that has to do with the wel- 
fare of human life. A church, if it be a church, a real church, 
with Christ as its source of inspiration and power, is an 
earthly located reservoir of moral supremacy and divine 
omnipotence; it is one of heaven's spiritual dynamics let 
loose on terrestial ground, and its possibilities are unlimi- 
ted. We plead, therefore, not only for the solemn dignity 
of the church, but for its responsibilities and incalculable 
possibilities, for there is no calculating the reach of any 
object, of which God holds the heavenly end and that is in- 
flated with some of God's original breath. It is by the pos- 
session of this superior life, superhuman life, the divine im- 
pulse descending into the soul of men from God, that the 
church has secured to itself its distinguished moral leader- 



ship — a leadership which it can maintain only as this divine 
life of God continues to flow through the life of the individ- 
ual that constitutes the church. 

We believe we have a whole Gospel church as it was 
instituted by Jesus Christ and propagated by his apostles. 
The one supreme need of the hour, facing the difficulties as 
they are before us, is supreme faithfulness to the faith of 
our fathers. Faithfulness to the church means faithfulness 
to him who loved it and gave himself for it. We need a 
church faithfulness characterized by a sublime seriousness 
Avhieh will cause us to striiggle for spiritual ideals, for the 
-advancement of the church, and for the enlargement of our 
own powers. Pastors and laymen in the Brethren Church, 
we need a faithfulness that strikes deep into our religious 
life. Jesus says, "By their fruits ye shall know them." John 
says, "Be thou faithful unto death." Rev. 2:10. This is a 
command that lasts a long time — "unto death." What are 
we saying? Do we realize it? We are none of us sure how 
far away death is. Even if it should be a long way off, then 
our faithfulness to God and duty should be just as long, 
even until death. We are to be faithful in every thing all 
through life. The word we should never forget is faithful- 
ness. The men and women who make a success of business 
are the men and women who are faithful. And the people 
who receive the crown of life are those who ring true. When 
we are faithful to God and to duty and in all our attempts 
to carry out our best purposes in the midst of difficulties, 
then we are making a success. It is a beautiful thing to 
possess, the quality of faithfulness, and God always rewards 
those who possess it. When we think of this it will help us 
to be faithful, even in the midst of difficulties, and when 
things are hard we cannot help but succeed if we are faith- 
ful. Let us ever set before us the words of John, Rev. 2 :10 
and always try to live up to it and we will receive the crown 
of life. 



GROW SOME NEW WOOD 

When Longfellow was well along in years, he was asked 
how it was that he was able to keep so young and write so 
beautifully. In reply he pointed to a blooming apple tree 
near by, saying, "That apple tree is very old but I never saw 
prettier blossoms upon it than those which it now bears. 
The tree grows a little new wood every year, and I suppose 
it is out of that new wood that those blossoms come. Like 
the apple tree, I try to grow a little new wood each year." 
Try it yourself as the new year begins. 



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The Outlook for Faith: A Christmas Meditation 



By William D. 

SCRIPTURE : 
To countless multitudes Christmas Daj^, 1918 has come with new 
and added benediction. Apart from the first Christmas Day there 
has never been another like unto the 'present one. For four years 
the day enshrined by the centuries as the sublime festival of universal 
peace has dawned upon a Avorld bleeding with cruel and pitiless war. 
The song of the angelic host whoso golden melodies have floated 
down to us from that radiant Judean night when the heavens broke 
forth in minstrelsy have been wholly drowned by the clamors of dead- 
ly strife and the calm beauty of that first Christmas Star reddened by 
the fitful glare of bloody battle. But yesterday the nations of the 
earth were at war. During the past four years the world has passed 
through the bloodiest war of all history. Property of incalculable 
worth has been wantonly destroyed. Millions of the sons of men 
have made the supreme sacrifice. Hatred, envy, strife and covetous- 
ness have surpresscd the Christmas Spirit which is the spirit of joy 
and peace and love. The moral darkness resting upon the earth the 
past four 3^ears is comparable only to that which rested upon the 
earth at the time of the coming of the Prince of Peace. However 
much we may lament wo can but admire the consistenc}' of the Ger- 
man-American woman who a year ago in decking a Christmas tree 
refused to hang upon it any radiant symbol of the Christ-child; and 
who would not permit a star or angel to grace the summit. Instead 
the traditional Eagle of Odin spread his wings on the top twig and 
the Snake, whom our northern forefathers saw at the roots of the 
world-tree Ygdrasil coiled, with red tongue poisonly struck out, high 
among the branches "The tree has always belonged to the Snake; 
it was a mistake to suppose that the Christ-child had killed him," 
was the bitter comment of the woman upon her own act. 

The Seeming railiire of Faith 
And today her kind is legion. To multitudes the failure of faith 
is evident. Numerous magazine articles have appeared since the out- 
break of the war giving discouraging accounts of the conditions of 
organized Christianity. The impression has become quite general 
that the Christian faith has lost much of its former standing, that 
many of the beliefs formerly held with undisturbed confidence are 
no longer tenable, that very much of the Bible has been discredited, 
and that the teachings of our religion arc no longer worthy of serious 
consideration. The result is that many persons are no longer giving 
serious thought to the things of the spirit. Statistical studies of the 
church both urban and rural yield similar forebodings. If the world 
war has demonstrated any oiie thing at all it is that the church as the 
organized confession of faith has failed in the present crisis to inake 
itself felt in any unified and effective way. Tested by any of the 
cardinal principles of faith Christianity seems hopelessly to have 
broken down. Approaching the problem from this point of view many 
serious minded persons have reached the conclusion that the outlook 
for the Christian faith lacks both assurance and encouragement. 

Not Decadent but Renascent 

But to others equally serious and thoughtful the Christian faith 
is not decadent but renascent. All that has been said and written 
in recent months about the failure of the church, the impending crisis 
and the church at the crossroads, has been said a thousand times and 
will doubtless be said as often again. History, it has been said, is an 
excellent, cordial for drooping faith. The persons who are forever 
lamenting the passing of the ' ' good old days of the faith, ' 'exhibit 
stronger sentiment than historical sense. There has not been a time 
in the history of the Christian faith when essays on its failure would 
not have commanded a reading. The task of the church is to bring 
human nature including human society into an ideal state, and it is 
always failing. But there has never been a time when the Christian 
church was so clearly aware of its task and so earnestly and success- 
fully engaged in it as at the present time; never a time when the 
Bible was so intelligently read and so reasonably interpreted; never 
a time so rich in Christian privilege and opportunity and so replete 
with constructive Christian activity. There is today a genuine and 



Furry, Ph.D. 

Luke 8 : 20 

profound awatening of faith especially of oiir American Protestant- 
ism and the future is redolent with promise and charged with limit- 
less possibilities. 

Evidences of Optimistic Outlook 
The closing statement of the last paragraph will be questioned; 
and since we are enjoined to have always a reason for the faith with- 
in us it may be well to cite the evidences upon which the optimistic 
outlook for faith is founded. What we will do depends upon what 
we believe. The most important thing about any man, writes Ches- 
terton, is what he thinks. Faith is not an illusion canonized. Faith is 
a religious experience but religious experience is not necessarily 
Christian faith. To the Christian the great matter is not that he 
feels but what ho feels. In much of our modern faith .sympathy has 
supplanted certainty. We have impressions but lack insight. Our 
faith is weak today on the intellectual side. The first stage in the 
solution of a problem is a knowledge of the problem itself. While 
not of the world our faith is nevertheless in the world and in the 
accomplishment of its ta.sk dare neither be ignorant nor indifferent 
to the problems and conditions presented liy the world. To win the 
world for our faith demands knowledge both of the faith and the 
world to be won. There are times however when world-conditions 
are more auspicious for the future of faith than others. In the his- 
tory of Christian faith there have been, only two really creative 
epochs — the fourth century and the twentieth. The first is now his- 
tory. The second is now in the making. As the church of the fourth 
century had to re-think itself in terms of the Greek and Eoman 
worlds so the church of today needs re-think itself in terms and under 
the influence of the thought of the twentieth century. And evi- 
dences are not wanting that the church as the custodian of faith is 
adjusting itself to new world-conditions in ways that guarantee an 
enlarging place in the new world. 

(1) The modern world dates from the introduction of the scien- 
tific spirit and method. This movement is scarcely more than a half- 
century old. For a long time the church, in the supposed interest of 
its own welfare, assumed an attitude of hostility toward this move- 
ment. To many persons even so moderate a position as that of 
Hasting 's Dictionarj"- of the Bible was repugnant. Insisting upon a 
bald literalism in the interpretation of the Bible this movement gave 
rise to such organizations as the Holy Rollers, The Millennial Dawn- 
ists, the Church of the Nazarenes, etc. But persons trained in the 
modern scientific methods of study could not bring themselves to the 
acceptance of the Bible as interpreted by the literalists. While not 
committing one's self to the so-called Higher Criticism it has be- 
come possible for the student to accept every claim the Bible makes 
for itself without outraging or compromising his sense of intellectual 
honesty and decency. In abandoning the legal and atomistic inter- 
pretation of the scriptures for a more vital and historical method the 
church is paving the way for a new day for religious faith. 

(2) In its recognition of the social implications of the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ the church is also exhibiting a faith which the modern 
man can accept. One wonders in reading the Gospels why this aspect 
of the teachings of Jesus should ever have been lost. Since the Chris- 
tians at Jerusalem undertook to provide for the widows, the church 
has always regarded the poor as peculiarly the object of its care. 
The history of the church abundantly shows that it was the church, 
that built hospitals, schools, asylums and made charity a passport to 
paradise. The estrangement between the church and the world is 
rather of the church's own making. It is not urged in the present 
connection that the social task is the primary task of the church but 
it is urged that it is a task from which the church can not release 
itself without the loss of prestige and power. The task of the church 
in the world is two-fold: (1) the task of Spiritual Authority and 
(2) the task of Social Sympathy. The second has too long been ig- 
nored and the assumption of this aspect of the task of the church 
presages a larger and more enthusiastic acceptance by the masses. 

(3) The larger place of faith in the world tomorrow is assured 



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by the increased interest exliibited by the church in the problem of 
religious education. Never since the beginning days has the church 
shown so high regard for religious education of youth as now and 
religious education as now understood is the serious endeavor to utilize 
the highl}' developed study of educational processes and methods for 
religious purposes. To train the child the way he should go is today 
regarded as a task and a responsibility than which the church ias no 
greater. The old uniform lesson system can only be regarded as the 
climax of non-scientific method in religious education. The past 
decade has witnessed significant advances both in the content and 
method of the Sunday school. The task of the church is the creation 
of Christian ideals as interpreted by the church. The Bible must 
therefore hold the first place in religious education. In religious edu- 
cation the content is incomparably of greater value than method, for 
the content is the only thing that can give experience its religious 
value. "It is the content that turns psychology into theology, 
thought into revelation and experience into faith." (Forsyth). Only 
the Bible can create the power to believe the Bible. Self-redemption 
is a self-contradiction. The growing recognition of the supreme 
place of the Bible as the exclusive content of religious education 
means the beginning of a new and brighter day for faith. 

(4) The rise of a new denominationalism of a federated type 
means also the beginning of a new day for faith. It used to be 
urged that denominationalism is a scandal to Christianity, but the 
larger thought of our day finds that denominationalism is the inev- 
itable implication of Protestantism. But we are also coming to dis- 
cern that denominationalism is not necessarily sectarianism. Unity 
does not necessarily necessitate union. Today denominationalism is 
largely a matter of doctrinal emphasis and with our growing sense 
of the breadth and depth and individuality of religious experience we 
are no longer scandalized by the presence of differences of denomin- 
ational emphasis. 

Eevival of Denominationalism 

There is however today a revival of genuine denominationalism. 
If any religious body is to continue its career of usefulness it must 
And some motive strong enough to give unity to its membership. 
Denominational self-respect, a sense of divine calling and mission must 
possess any denomination which would earn for itself a place in the 
world. The negative mood never wins in religion. The secret of 
denominational growth and effectiveness is the possession by the 
church of the prophetic mood which means that the soul is possessed 
and obsessed by some great truth or truths which the 
world needs and the church is divinely responsible for the giving. 
The Brethren church had its rise in the midst of numerous and con- 
flicting denominations and was urged to independent existence by the 
conviction that only a complete restoration of the Primitive Apostolic 
church gave ground for ecclesiastical units. Its plea then and still 
is restoration rather than reformation. Our plea is an undenomina- 
tional plea for the New Testament church as expressly set forth in 
the Gospels.. The only really universal church must in a very vital 
sense be the original Apostolic church. To Brethren Jesus is the 
starting point rather than the goal of the church. As we can not 
develop beyond him in matters of faith so we can not develop be- 
yond his form of the church. We must adhere to the original type. 

In the light therefore, of these new notes of faith of our day we 
must believe that this is not an ill day for faith but the beginning 
of a now and better day. Faith is not in peril. The church has not 
failed save as every other institution has failed. The Bible has still 
a message for men, Christ still brings new life, and Christian faith 
still stands unshaken in the thought and confidence of men. A new 
day for faith is immediately ahead of us. The Son of Man still finds 
faith on the earth. 



New Year Ideals 

This new year more than all others offers inspiration 
for new and loftier ideals. A new and largei" world 
of possibilities is unveiled cliallenging to a higher 
conception and a higher realization of life and its re- 
lations. These ideals give ceaseless, tormenting unrest until 
peace is sought in zealous effort to attain them. By nature 
we continually become life our ideals. On this fact hangs the 
hope of the individual and the world, as well as the possible 



curse of all. It is of supreme importance, therefore, that 
ideals shall be of the highest order. 

First in every Christian's life should be the desire for 
a daily growing realization of divine indwelling. Success 
in time and eternity depends upon maintaining a vital rela- 
tion with God, who is our life. "Abide in me and I in you," 
for "Without me ye can do nothing." The branch is fruit- 
less and lifeless apart from the vine. 

If the church is the body of Christ, every member of that 
body should make the welfare and work of the church the 
first business of life. Nothing should be permitted to inter- 
fere with fidelity to him who is the Christian's partner in 
life and service. 

In the home Christ should be the constant Guest, though 
unseen, yet joyously felt. Here we find the pivot on which 
turn all the problems of society. The spiritual presence of 
Christ alone can make the home all that God intended it to 
lie, the insjiiration of life, the refuge from the coldness of 
the world; the training school of the soul and the door-way 
to heaven. 

The Christian's ideal is not complete until it has imbibed 
a generous portion of the Christ-spirit of sympathy . and 
neighborly kindness. It was sympathy that brought Christ 
into the world. lie found humanity robbed and bleeding by 
the wayside and his true followers will not desire to- play 
the part of the priest or Levite. Sympathy for the needy 
is the genius of Christianity. 

The Christian ideal may seem dizzy high to the world 
but he who wears Christ's name dare not accept anything 
less than the perfect human life. 
G. S. B. 

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



Second Highest Percentage Gain 

Brethren Sunday school workers may be greatly encouraged with 
the gratifying gains set forth in the twelve page leaflet published 
by the National Sunday School Association, entitled "A Year's 
Stewardship." During a year when other denominations, almost 
without exception, were reporting losses Brethren schools seemed to 
have made complete gains. The twenty-two percent gain of Graduate 
Teachers is peculiarly significant. The figure is exceeded in only one 
instance, the amount of total olferings which was increased by twen- 
ty-eight and two-tenths per cent. 

That is a most commendable teacher training record. It is indic- 
ative of the fact that our people are realizing the urgent necessity 
and vital importance of teacher training. Once" this department is 
duly appreciated and properly organized other x'roblems will be speed- 
ily solved, for the trained teacher is the key that unlocks many 
closed doors. AVe will hardlj^ be able to duplicate last year's achieve- 
ment during the present j^ear because an enlarging number of our 
schools are adopting the Three-Year course. But we may exceed the 
fine gain in enrolling teacher training students and completing the 
First Year's work. It is just possible that the influenza epidemic de- 
feated some cherished .plans for new classes. In any such event let 
the promoters remember that it is not too late to organize a teacher 
training class. To employ the pregnant phrase of Brother Trent, our 
worthy General Secretary, regard your "Disappointment as HlSap- 
pointment. " Yea verily, and is there a more fitting way to begin 
the work of this New Year of grace than by organizing a teacher 
training class? Complimentary words are being received concerning 
' ' The Educative Process in Eeligion, ' ' Part II of our First Year book. 
The number of copies which you need will be mailed immediately on 
receipt of your order. If a class cannot be maintained, which condi- 
tion has come to be the exception, see how many persons will agree 
to study the book individually. Without a class or individual stu- 
dents your shcool cannot qualify on Point 5 of the Standard of Excel- 
lence as a Front Line School. 

J. A. GARBEE. 



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MISSIONS 

Some New Mission Opportunities for the Year 

By Edwin Boardman, Jr. 



It is ISTineten Hundred and Nineteen! Wiat 
do these words mean to you? Just think a 
minute. Over nineteen hundred years ago a 
little child was born who was destined to 
change the course of the whole world. So 
great has been the influence of this Master 
Personality upon the lives and hearts of men 
that nearly one-half of the people in the 
world have been constrained to "look at 
him, believe on him and be saved." His gos- 
pel message has been ringing its glad tidings 
to a whole world, but the strange thing about 
it is that only parts of the world have heard 
it. The other parts are blind to the "mar- 
velous Light" and deaf to the stirring call 
of the Christ. There is a reason for this 
blindness and deafness and the sad part of 
the matter is that the reason is to be found 
in the negligence of Christian people to carry 
the news of salvation to a whole world. Thus 
in a sense there are no "new mission oppor- 
tunities" for the proposition is centuries old. 
With this fact in mind let us have a little 
heart to heart talk about the situation from 
a Brethren standpoint. 

What is the Brethren standpoint? Now come 
on, what do you believe about missions? You 
think they are a good thing? So does any- 
one who has ever thought anything about 
the matter at all. What do you think about 
your Brethren responsibility to a lost world? 
You believe in John 13, and you wouldn't 
feel safe unless you had been immersed three 
times; and the communion and love feast you 
believe in with all your heart. You say you 
believe all the New Testament scriptures and 
you have taken them as your rule of faith 
and practice. All right, before you go any 
farther with this article look up the last mes- 
sage of Jesus to his followers in Matt. 28 
and also in Acts 1. "Understandest thou 
what thou rcadest?" If you have under- 
stood you have no doubt come to the conclu- 
sion that the Brethren church and a certain 
brother or si.<;ter by your name have certainly 
failed in a full obedience to the Christ. Ac- 
cording to the Book the Brethren follow, we 
can believe in nothing less than a "whole 
gospel for a whole world" and this must be 
our platform. Now we are ready to look at 
some of these 1919 mission opportunities. 

First, with the breaking up of the European 
armies many of '>'■ territorial troops of 
France and Englaj . A return home. Most 
of these men are from Africa and India, 
though there are also representatives from 
China and the islands of the sea. These men 
will take home stories of Europe, — its peo- 
ple, manners, customs, and religion. Their 
eyes will have been opened to the arts of 
civilized living. They will be loth to go back 
to the old life of poverty, squalor, and ignor- 
ant savagery for even during the horror of 
war they have seen much that is good. Their 
religious conceptions have been affected. 
Whether Pagans, Mohammedans, or Hindoos 
they have been brought into contact with 



Christianity through Y. M. C. A. huts. Salva- 
tion Army workers, and through public Chris- 
tian meetings. Ideals of life will be differ- 
ent for their ignorant provincialism has been 
shaken to pieces. These returning soldiers 
will present a problem to the missionaries la- 
boring in the countries to which they will re- 
turn, for the ' ' backwash ' ' of war will be felt, 
but these men will also present a nucleus of 
aggressive spirits by which new advances can 
be made. The opportunity of thoroughly 
meeting an added big job in mission lands is 
thus presented. 

In the second place the world is opened as 
never before to aggressive Christian effort. 
Turkey is asking that the United States es- 
tablish a protectorate in her territories. As a 
nation she has fallen and a staggering blow 
has been given to Islam. The whole "near 
East" is thus peculiarly open to Christian 
teaching and effort. Palestine has been pro- 
claimed as the modern homeland of the Jew 
and a new nation is destined to be born in 
that land if present plans materialize. Thibet, 
Afghanistan and other hitherto closed lands 
are opening wide their doors to a better faith 
and a more glorious future. It has even been 
suggested that the United States should take 
Germany's African colonies and govern them 
as they have the Philippines thus relieving 
some of France and Britain's burden. 

Stand back as you will, Brethren, you can- 
not say you have no opportunity to serve your 
King. His world is opening wide its portals 
so that the angel's song of "Behold, I bring 
you good tidings of great joy which SHALT 
BE TO ALL PEOPLE, ' ' can really become a 
truth. This open world makes more compell- 
ing than ever the positive need for the church 
awakening to her task. 

Another opportunity of peculiar importance 



to the Brethren is the fact that we are just 
about to swing open the door of the Ubangi- 
Shari region in Africa and the opportunity is 
open to us to invest life and treasure in win- 
ning a whole people to Christianity. Breth- 
ren, we dare not be satisfied with sending 
only six missionaries into this place for this 
number will only make a beginning. There 
must be more missionaries sent and a reserve 
force prepared to carry the work on to a suc- 
cessful conclusion. Besides preaching the gos- 
pel to the natives there must be a system of 
education started to conserve the results. 
Translations of the language will be impera- 
tive. A new moral and social dynamic must 
be made an intergal part of their life so that 
the whole social group will be shaken to its 
core. Then, too, is it too much to hope that 
some day there will be an industrial branch 
to our mission in that region? 

The three opportunities mentioned above 
are but illustrations of what lies before us. 
I could tell of new points of advance in the 
Argentine, of the fine opportimity for vigor- 
ous work in the foreign sections of our large 
cities, of the needs in the highland sections of 
our country and the opportunity for real pio- 
neer work in back country districts. All these 
"open doors" represent different phases of 
the missionary effort, but I have not the nec- 
essary space to tell of them. 

Suffice it to say that 1919 holds fine possi- 
bilities in store for the Christian faith in 
general. It is our duty to appropriate our 
share in the world movement and carry the 
banner of the cross to new conquests, "Nihil 
sine labore" (nothing without labor) would 
be a good motto for our mission enterprise 
at this time. Remember it takes men, mon- 
ey and movement to win a lost world back 
to God. 



Plan Your Missionary Program for the Year Early 



This year, 1919, is going to be one of the 
greatest years for missions in modern times. 
The war has greatly interrupted many mis- 
sionary enterprises, but the great missionary 
need was never so keenly felt. This past 
year has witnessed great changes in the 
churches of every denomination, both in 
America and abroad. 

Ministers, our own as well as those of 
other denominations, are preaching more ser- 
iously than they ever did. They are facing 
tremendous situations in the task of recon- 
struction, for the whole world is in a flux. For 
these reasons there are going to be more in- 
quiries about what the Christian religion is 
and how it works and where it works. There 
is a great opportunity, therefore, for the 
church to supply the information and to 
"round up" all the popular interest in the 
subject. This is where mission study classes 



can serve; a definite missionary program for 
the Sunday school will help wonderfully, and 
missionary leaflets will carry the message to 
those who cannot be induced to ateend the 
services of the house of God. 

So far as interdenominational work is con- 
cerned, we know of nothing better for the 
diffusion of missionary information than the 
publications of the Laymen's Missionary 
Movement. A catalogue of their stock may 
be obtained at 1 Madison Avenue, New York 
City. One of the best contributions they have 
made to the cause is their "Worker's Pack- 
et, ' ' which costs 10 cents. It consists of ten 
pieces of printed matter bearing upon "The 
Every Member Canvass." These are the 
suggestions of the missionary committee. You 
should send for this, if you don 't have it al- 
ready, before starting missionary campaigns 
or planning your program for the year. 



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J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



G. C. Carpenter 

SECRETARY 



Frankly Facing the Tasks of 1919. By j. a. Garber 



A Frank Attitude 

The New Year has caught us. A new 
world confronts us. Nineteen hundred and 
eighten was replete with extremes. For a 
season the darkening clouds of discourage- 
ment hung very low, but once the tiny rift 
was seen the sun of triumph soon came into 
full vision. Now we are priivleged to bask 
in the sunshine of promised peace.. While 
the days of armed conflict have ceased, the 
times of militant service have not ended. The 
Christian institutions of America and the al- 
lied peoples sharing her ideals have been 
spared the further destruction of militarism 
in order that they might continue to be the 
instniment of God for the salvation of the 
woi'ld. To help to vindicate his overruling 
Providence the church must redouble her ef- 
fort in the application of a saving gospel to 
a plastic world born in the birththroes of an 
unspealcaWy cruel war so that the new world 
shall be developed after the mind of Christ. 

Behold Your Big Job 

That is seen in and through it. Let it 
come within the range of your mental eyes 
with great frequency that you may study it 
minutely and intently. Not a little indiffer- 
ence and half-heartedness can be traced to 
the lack of a due appraisal of the work at 
hand. Before any group of persons give 
themselves with full abandonment to the ac- 
complishment of a given task they must have 
some appreciation of the worth-whileness of 
the task. It was a belief that the principles 
of democracy were worth dying for that made 
milions of men willing to brave the inde- 
scribable hardships of carnage and tens of 
millions of people willing to support unstint- 
edly their intrepid soldiers. We must prove 
that they neither suffered nor died in vain. 
They freed the forces of democracy: we must 
culture them. And what department of the 
church is better prepared by genius and 



method to perform this urgently needed ser- 
vice? Christian Endeavor is a democracy in 
miniature. It is a voluntary association of 
young people. One is their Master, even 
Christ, and under him they are all equals 
among equals. This democratic society is sub- 
ject to none other, except the church, and it 
is under it only as the child is under the tute- 
lage of the parent. It elects its own officers, 
directs its own finances and promotes its own 
work. Thus by actively doing, not by pass- 
ively watching others, these young people, 
lianded together for Christ and the church, 
learn how to manage the business of the King- 
dom. 

Take An Inventory 

Since fidelity to Christ, loyalty to his 
church, training in the service of both, cul- 
tivation of the devotional spirit, consecration 
of substance and giving of self are invar- 
iable constants of Christian Endeavor, should 
we not make the immediate task of the new 
year that of determining who are sharing the 
blessings of this training school? Moreover 
this sort of reckoning accords perfectly with 
the spirit of the season. And again, the ap- 
parent success or failure of our larger work 
is conditioned by the way in which you deal 
with this first duty. Judging by the yearly 
statistical reports many of the societies, like 
the churches, do not keep definite and accurate 
records. This ought not so to be. The Mas- 
ter 's business requires precision and acuracy. 
AVithout further delay let the president and 
his associate officers meet and determine ex- 
actly how many active and associate members 
are enrolled with the society; the number 
gained or lost; the number won to church 
membership; the number enrolled in the Army 
of Patriotic Service; the number of Quiet 
Hour Comrades; Tenth Legioners; the amount 
of money collected and disbursed; the number 
of Life Work Eecruits and Christian Endea- 
vor Experts. Compare these findings with 
the apportionment stated on the Four Year 



Challenge mailed to your society and you 
will have precisely stated the challenge that 
faces your society. Plan at once and work 
earnestly to make every goal. If you neither 
delay, nor relax, you will be able to make 
a creditable report the first of April when the 
annual statistics are asked for. 

Help the Sunday School 

This slogan suggests the January service- 
theme. Despite her larger family Christian 
Endeavor has never appeared jealous of her 
big sister, the Sunday school. Knowing that 
there is no occasion for competition but every 
reason for co-operation, Endeavorers have al- 
ways counted it a joyous privilege to contrib- 
ute to the teaching department of the church, 
and their contributions have been numerous 
and generous. Consequently, provision has 
been made for a Sunday School Committee as 
a reg-ular part of the Society's organization. 
This is the opportune time for this committee 
to wait upon the superintendent, presenting 
him with the names of Endeavorers who de- 
sire to pursue the teacher training course and 
with the names of those who are willing to 
serve as substitute teachers and with names 
of those who are ready to sing in the Sun- 
day school choir or play in the orchestra: ask- 
ing him to co-operate with you in securing 
new members from the several classes and to 
help you to boost Christian Endeavor week. 
Such a spirit of reciprocity will issue in an 
interchange of fruitful endeavor and eliminate 
a lot of fruitless talk about the overlapping 
of the two departments. Wherever the fun- 
damental aims of each are rightly understood 
and the working programs of both are prop- 
erly correlated there is no duplication of ef- 
fort. These agencies were organized and de- 
veloped within the church under the direction 
of the Holy Spirit as helpers; why should men 
seek to estrange them and give them the re- 
lation of competitors? Let one compliment 
the work of the other and so fulfill the plan 
of God for both. 



ThelEndeavor Society Helping the Sunday School 
By W. R. Deeter 



Realizing that there are many ways in 
which a society may be of valuable help to a 
Sunday school through co-operation, and of 
the different views others may hold, I want 
to present a few simple plans that I think will 
be useful and suggestive to societies as a 
whole. No efficient work can be done in any 
organization unless it proceeds in a systematic 
way, to develop needed spiritual culture and 
oversight. The mistom of organizing a crowd 
of young folks with no spiritual leadership 
is wicked. It sets a low norm of ideals and 
leads them falsely to believe they are doing 
spiritual service, while it preevnts a proper 
appeal on behalf of a leader's group. A 



prayer band of ten is often more desirable 
than a rabble of fifty. 

The young people are the church of to- 
morrow, and must be developed for leadership 
as well as for their own sakes. They should 
be organized, not to free the older folks 
of responsibility but to give better oppor- 
tunity for co-operation by wise, young-heart- 
ed, forward-looking elder leaders. 

One among the various committees of the 
C. E. Staff should be the Sunday school com- 
mittee. There are millions of youth in the 
United States not enrolled in any Sunday 
school, Protestant or Catholic. This commit- 
tee is a Idnd of Look-out-Commitee to obtain 
new scholars. If new members can be found 



for the Sunday school they will invariably 
affiliate themselves with the Endeavor and 
its work. Just now I recall where a pastor 
in the west went out and sought new mem- 
bers for the Organized Class, and in a short 
while its membership grew from eight to 
twenty-four. Resulting from this, aside from 
the good of the Class alone was an organ- 
ized Christian Endeavor, where no organiza- 
tion had existed before. They were the hope 
of the church's future. Here are a few sug- 
gestive plans: — 

1. A pilan of religious census, or house to 
house visitation, is the most systematic way 
of doing the work of this committee. The 
plan is too long to fully outline here, so in 



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brief, it consists in dividing the town or 
city into districts, giving one to each churoh; 
of dividing these districts again among work- 
ers, who visit the homes and obtain all the 
information possible concerning church pref- 
erence, and Sunday school attendance, and 
record on blanks provided for the purpose. 
These are then collected and apportioned 
among the churches to follow up. 

2. If such a plan cannot be operated for 
a whole city, then a district may be assigned 
and canvassed carefully. 

3. The committee may assist teachers by 
calling upon pupils who have been absent 
from their classes. 

4. They may assist the superintendent by 



securing pledges from persons to act as sub- 
stitute teachers. / 

5. Wherever it is allowed, names may be 
secured from public school teachers of those 
■in their rooms who do not attend Sunday 
school, or, young people in the schools may 
themselves obtain this information. 

6. The Committee should also endeavor to 
interest as many other Christians as possible 
in the work of building up the Sunday school, 
and especially lay the needs and plans of 
the work before the members of the Society 
of Christian Endeavor. 

7. The committee may pro^-e a valuable 
aid in organizing county and township work 
under the State Sunday School Associations, 
and in conducting coventions. 



These suggestions should be modified to fit 
your own locality and its peculiar needs. How- 
ever none should be attempted without first 
consulting the Lord through prayer. And 
your prayers will be answered according to 
the amount of effort you put forth in per- 
forming the task, and as to what you are 
willing to redeem in work. If the Sunday 
school and Christian Endeavor is to become 
a greater power for the church today, it must 
be through the medium of young folks who 
are willing to be hitched up to larger loads 
than their fore fathers were, and to carry 
it to larger ends through a better organized 
means of systematized Christian work. The 
church must make room for its young people. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



TRAVEL NOTES 

From Mountain View, Virginia, we went 
to Mosy, West Virginia, where we were in 
battle with the god of this world not quite 
two weeks. Brother Coleman is the pastor 
of the flock at Mosy, and considering his short 
time in the ministry he has done exceedingly 
well. God has blessed his ministry in bring- 
ing souls into the kingdom and in building 
a church house in which to worship, furnish- 
ing most of the money, and for good measure 
preaching for nothing. Brother Coleman, like 
Brother Duncan feels, that a young minister 
should come into the field in those parts and 
take up the work. 

During the meeting nine souls saw the holy 
light, and came into the church making a 
good confession before many witnesses of our 
glorious Savior. Five of these came the last 
night of the meeting, four young men and 
one girl. They were fine young people. The 
meeting was just starting off fine when we 
had to close for the lack of time. God bless 
Brother Coleman and his people, and give 
them a great victory in the year 1919. We 
had our home with Brother Coleman, and hap- 
py were the many hours we spent together. 

Our next stop was at Gatewood, West Vir- 
ginia. Here we found almost every opposi- 
tion imaginable, the "flu", rain, bad roads 
and many stumbling blocks in the church, but 
the Almighty conquer -d in the name of His 
Son Jesus, and twenty-one made the start for 
heaven, the homeland of the soul. The writ- 
er had the baptizing to do as the Gatewood 
church had no pastor. However, at the close 
of the meeting the church called for a busi- 
ness meeting and called Brother Coleman to 
take charge of the work as pastor until a 
regular pastor can be secured. Our home was 
with Brother Charles Jones while at Gate- 
wood, and it was a good home in which to 
abide. May the dear Lord send to the peo- 
ple in West Virginia a good strong man who 
will lead those neglected ones on to victory. 
Brother A. B. Duncan and others have fought 
well, but feel the time has come when they 
should let a younger man take up the work. 

May the King of Glory lead us on in heav- 
enly splendor in the year 1919 and some good 
sweet day when the task is done may he call 
Ms own home to receive the ' ' crown of life 



which shall not fade away. May we be kept 
in his great name that throbs with all life, 
light, and immortality. 

When you read this if all goes well we will 
be in California. Our address until further 
notice will be Los Angeles, California, 426 
East 49th St. With love to all in the Faith. 
N. W. JENNINGS. 



UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

God has been good to us, very good; and 
we are thankful to him, very thankful. The 
epidemic has passed and although a few of 
our folks contracted the disease, mostly in a 
mild form, we lost none as a result. The war 
has passed and we were fortunate to have 
no losses among the boys of our church, 
neither dead nor wounded. We were under 
the ban along with the rest of the churches, 
and according to the best advices the Union- 
town church was closed longer than any of the 
others in the Brotherhood. Yet we are right 
side up and ready for increased service to 
the Master. The ban knocked us out of hold- 
ing our Thanksgiving offering at the usual 
time, but we have arranged to hold it the 
26th of January and look for a good response. 
We held our Christmas services on Decem- 
ber 22nd and although it was a very nasty 
daj', raining from morning until night, we 
had p. good crowd jjresent, and the White 
Gift offering that was conducted in connec- 
tion with the exercises by the children net- 
ted the General work the neat sum of $91.69. 
Owing to conditions our Sunday school is 
down a little in attendance and the above 
represents an average offering of about nine- 
ty cents per member. Wouldn't an average 
like that for Foreign missions tickle the 
heart of our good Brotbpr Bauman? We are 
sorry that the weather man was so against 
us for were it just a little more pleasant to 
travel we would doubtless have broken our 
record of last year when Ave gave slightly 
over $100. But note that average and keep 
that up through the Sunday schools and 
Brother Trent will have a celebration that 
will make the peace rejoiring look quite tame 
indeed. 

Among other things that the ban disar- 
ranged for us was our revival meeting. We 



were forced to postpone that and now it will 
commence the 12th of January to continue at 
least three weeks. We solicit the prayers of 
all for greater things than we have ever been 
able to do hitherto. I was forced to call oft' 
the only meeting that I was billed to hold 
outside my own church, and feel sorry that 
I was also unable to responde to all the calls 
for evangelistic work that have come to me 
this fall. I like the work and only the inter- 
ests of the church for which I am particular- 
ly responsible, caused me to close my ears to 
all calls for assistance. My church has been 
very gracious in permitting me to go to the 
assistance of others, and this year was no 
exception, but conditions this year are differ- 
ent from any year in the history of the church 
and we had to govern ourselves accordingly. 

All the auxiliaries of the church are awake 
and working. It is a source of satisfaction 
to know that -you have a loyal, enthusiastic, 
working body of members who willingly 
tackle anything that is shown to be of real 
worth to the' church, be it local or the work at 
large, and just such a bunch of folks stand 
back of yours truly. Our lines are in pleas- 
ant places and we try to show our apprecia- 
tion of the loyal support given by keeping 
the tugs pulled up tight on our side of the 
chariot. Mistakes all of us will make, but the 
membership here recognizes that a member 
may make a mistake as well as the pastor, 
something which some folks fail to recognize, 
and consequentlj' we go on smoothly in the 
spirit of mutual forgiveness. May God help 
us develop that spirit more and more through- 
out our whole church. 

Ere this is read by the church the new year 
will have slipped into its dock and we will 
have added responsibilities to answer for. 
May we all, laity as well as ministry, do all 
within us to measure up to what the good 
Lord is going to expect of us. His Word is 
very plain as to the things needful, and a con- 
stant perusal of it will help us to play the 
game of life not only mora fairly but more 
efl:'ectivel}'. Think of any athlete trying to 
play the games without first knowing the 
rules! So I would have you think of the 
Christian trying to take part in the greatest 
' ' game ' ' without knowing the rule or guide 
book. Bead the Word, meditate upon the 



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PAGE 13 



Word, and most of all live the Word and tlie 
God of peace will be with you. I must wish 
a Happy New Year to all the Brethren, and 
especially to those doing their best in the 
Publishing House. Greetings to the new Ed- 
itor and a promise of hearty support of all 
that is for the good of the cause to which I 
have dedicated my life is made to those upon 
whom we have laid hands for the trying work 
of editing and publishing our printed page. 

The Springtime will soon be upon us, and 
as we draw near to it, or it to us we are 
thinking of the addition to our building that 
we have been looking forward to for some 
time. Uncle Sam has withdrawn his restric- 
tions on building niateria;ls and as soon as 
prices come down a little we will be into the 
dirt and muss of extension work. The un- 
sightly look of things that is bound to come 
with tearing out walls, etc., does not appeal 
to us, but we are looking beyond that to the 
completed church that we will have anu \.- 
inspires us to the effort ahead. 

When in your private devotions don't forget 
us before the throne of grace. We wish to be 
found doing the will of him who died for us, 
and we would be kept in the path that is 
called straight. We pray for all the Breth- 
ren and you can always believe us interest- 
ed in the progress of the church. Yours until 
the Lord comes, and forever after that, 

BEOTHEE ED. 



Home Mission Notes 

rirst Liberty Bond 
The first Liberty Bond given to Kentucky 
mission work was received as a Christmas 
Gift on Christmas morning. The faithful 
donors were Brother and Sister Howard C. 
Williams, of Elmer, N. J. How many of our 
readers could, with or without self-denial, 
send Liberty Bonds to be used to further the 
Home iVIission work of the Brethren church? 
The giver can designate the place where he 
desires his gift to be used. May this gen- 
erous gift from our eastern friends serve as 
a worthwhile suggestion and inspiration to a 
hundred others in the Brethren church who 
can and ought to do likewise. Do it now. 

Riverside Institute Opens 

Brother Drushal announces that the Winter 
term of Eiverside Institute will open on Mon- 
day, December 30, and that the prospects for 
a large attendance are good. May all who 
come in touch with Eiverside come into touch 
with Jesus Christ. 

Faithful Bantam Hens 
Dear Mr. Carpenter: I send you a Christ- 
mas Gift, the money I saved from the eggs 
my Bantam hens laid on Sunday — $3.50. I 
sent it for the Kentucky Mission. Now I am 
going to save for the Easter offering. I want 
to send some to the missionaries I read about 
in the Brethren Missionary. Mamma says I 
can have an envelope to p-at it in. I am 9 
years old. 

Miss Lena Schubiger, 
Frenchtown, N. J. 

A Young Farmerette 
Dear Brother Carpenter: I will send to the 
Kentucky Mission a Christmas Gift of $2.40 
this year. I helped Papa and Mamma this 



summer on the farm and earned it. I hope 
to send more next year. I was 10 years old 
this fall. I wish you a Merry Christmas and 
a Happy New Year. Yours, 

Vienna E. Hackett, 

Hampton, N. J. 

All From New Jersey- 
Has the reader noticed that all the gifts 
mentioned above. Liberty Bond and all came 
from New Jersey. Every child in the broth- 
ehhood ought to be trained in Christian mis- 
sionary giving. If they are not trained while 
young they will not likely ever be trained. 
Praise God for the parents who set the right 
example before their children and teach them 
the gospel principles concerning mission and 
missionary giving. Thanks to all of our New 
Jersey friends. New Jersey must be all right! 

Thinking Ahead 

The following advertisement appeared in 
New York newspapers over the name and ad- 
dress of one of the city's leading real estate 
firms : 

' ' A New Era has started 
Able Men are thinking ahead 
Are. you thinking of the Future?" 
The church of today must be thinking 
ahead, and not only thinking but acting. 
What the Brethren church will be in five 
years and in ten years will depend largely 
upon the missionary activities of the church 
today and through the coming years. How 
many of the churches now supported in part 
by our mission boards will in 1919 become 
self -supporting? How many will at least 
make a worthwhile advance in that direction? 
How many new churches will be organized 
in 1919? Our Field Secretaries, who are in 
the field not in person but in thought (they 
are thinking ahead) are stiidying the field 
and are planning for the future. The Home 
Mission Board is trying to serve the church 
by exercising every possible foresight and by 
using practical business methods in the Lord's 
work. The Board seeks the help and advice 
of pastors and laymen throughout the church 
who are "Thinking Ahead." 

G. G. CAEPENTER. 



RIO CUARTO, ARGENTINA 

News of peace have arrived and the city is 
full of the flags of the allies mingled with 
the Argentine flags and there is general re- 
joicing. May God grant that the final ar- 
rangements may be such as to insure not only 
peace but justice and morality as well. We 
need a better world, such as only the gospel 
can produce. 

This country is now suffering the scourge 
of the grip, but thus far it has been only a 
mild form which lasts only a week. Nearly 
a third of the people seem to be down with 
it. Schools are closed and in some places all 
public meetings are prohibited for the time. 
It is not that bad here yet. A few of our 
members are sick, but none of the workers. 

Instead of closing down our work we are 
increasing it. We have begun street meet- 
ings on Sunday afternoons and also a month- 
ly woman's meeting which will be organized 
soon into an S. S. C. E. The street meet- 
ings are held in the square in front of our 
church, this being the best point in the city 



for them. In case of storm we can easily 
retire to the church. The public officials are 
now nearly all quite sympathetic with our 
work. 

We have recently had a visit from Brother 
Hershey of the Mennonite Brethren. H^ un . 
his companion, Mr. Shank, are traveling over 
the country a great deal, making a thorough 
investigation before deciding upon a location. 
He thinks we made no mistake in si.lucting 
this place. 

In my former communication I mentioned 
the student movement in Cordoba against 
the Eoman church. The minister of educa- 
tion was appointed to settle the trouble aiu. 
he settled it in favor of the studi.nts. Ti. . 
the priests got several fellows to attack i. 
leader of the students and he was beaten 
with clubs almost to death. This has stirrv.d 
the anti-church party more than ever and .t,. 
Sunday nearly a third of the inhabitants, thir- 
ty thousand in population of about eighty 
thousand marched in parade in demonstration 
against the priests. Now is a time of crisis 
in this republic and we should have scores 
of able mis.sionaries to take advantage of the 
opportunities that are at hand but soon to 
pass. The people have always been taught 
to hate Protestants as vile heretics and un- 
less they can be made to understand the gos- 
pel now they will soon be lost in infidelity. 

At this writing, November 9, we have not 
a word as yet about the General Conference, 
but think that surely there will be mail soon. 
May God bless you all. 

C. F. YODEE. 



DITTCHTOWN 

In order to keep my promise to my good 
people, while on the goal 9 drive, I must re- 
port our success, which I sure am more than 
pleased with. I promised them to treat them 
through the Evangelist. The Evangelist will 
be a New Year gift to a lot of new homes 
in Dutehtown and I am sure that every one 
will look over every page to find the treat, 
that I promised them. I believe that I shall 
be safe to say my work will be much easier 
now with the help of the Evangelist. I must 
say that Dutehtown has not only helped me 
as their pastor, but she has sent out all 
over the world a good example. By standing 
by her pastor I did not have to plead with 
them, they were ready. We did not use the 
budget system, but we used our own system 
and it worked. The system was that all 
should have the paper and those that could 
pay $2.00 pay it and the poor give what they 
could, and we surely got enough so that the 
paper goes in all the homes, including those 
that could not pay $1.50. Those who did not 
take the Evangelist were only four and one 
of these could not read, and one Evangelist 
goes to a family outside of our church. So 
when we have all but three of our homes 
provided for I count it a joy to know how 
good this church has Sl. od by the pastor. 
While the "flu" has lund red the work, and 
we don't know what to do, we don't know 
form one Sunday until the next whether we 
will have services. It begins to look like the 
prophecy of John the Revelator had come true. 
People want to go to church and cannot. Ye 
that are just, be just still, and ye that are 
righteous, be righteous still. We pray that 



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this may not be yet. We can not say what 
we will do, for we have no assurance of to- 
morrow. We are glad to make this report 
under conditions as they are. Hoping to do 
great things for the Master, may God bless 
all our good people at Dutchtown and long 
may the Evangelist stay with them. I must 
make a confession here to the Editor: I must 
confess that I got the best lesson at the In- 
diana State Conference, when Brother Teeter 
gavs us a one hour talk in 15 minutes, how 
pastors had promised to do something for the 
church paper and had failed. I said then, 
old fellow, you are hitting me mighty hard if 
you only knew it. I set my head to working 
a plan, and after I had the plan I set shank 's 
horses to work, for that's the only way we 
got going. And I worked the field from Men- 
tone to Pierceton, and from Pierceton to Lees- 
burg, and the work was done for Dutchtown. 
But we got another job. College Corner, you 
are next. Eighteen papers is not enough, Col- 
lege Corners must go "over the top" for the 
Evangelist. 

I believe I have two good churches, 
Dutchtown and College Corners, and we shall 
do our part so far as our ability will let us, 
to serve these two fields. While College Cor- 
ners has a hard proposition just now, the 
"flu" and very bad roads. But the faithful 
dont' stop for poor roads nor the "flu" May 
God help us to serve this people. Keep your 
eye on Dutchtown and College Corners for we 
are coming. Dutchtown had 5 papers, now 32. 
HOMEE ANDERSON. 



CAMPAIGN NOTES 

Prom Philadelphia we went to the Ser- 
geantsville-Calvary circuit. Although these 
churches are in New Jersey they are never- 
theless in the Pennsylvania Conference, hence 
I visited them in connection with the can- 
vass in Pennsylvania. This was entirely new 
country to me. While I had met a few of 
the people in at least one of these churches 
at National Conference, I felt that I really 
only knew the pastor and his wife. Brother 
Morton Sands is serving in this field and he 
is a brave, noble man. I know he is noble 
because of his tireless, self-sacrificing devo- 
tion to his congregations. And I know he is 
brave because, notwithstanding he had just 
gone through a three weeks' meeting at Ser- 
geantsville with Brother Marcus Witter and 
had just got rid oi, him, when he met me at 
the train he smiled. I say, it takes a brave 
man to smile when he gets two preachers on 
his hands in as quick succession as that. Well, 
anyhow, I found the most genuine hospital- 
ity in the Sands home, and we had a grand 
visit together. 

In our canvass of these two churches we en- 
countered some bad weather which was unfit 
for man or beast. And yet, for several days 
Brother Sands took me around without the 
slightest complaint with his horse and bug- 
gy. This time it was a horse and not a Ford: 
But it was sure a real roadster. I have seen 
Fords catch the spirit of the Campaign for 
Endowment often; but this time I saw a 
horse catch that same spirit. And I want to 
say right here that while perhaps the results 
of the canvass did not go to where I think 
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moment blame the horse. The horse did her 
part nobly. 

In this circuit the result was $444 when I 
left. That would seem like a strange place 
to stop. And I am glad to say that there was 
still some work to finish, so that when I hear 
from Brother Sands I have no doubt I can 
change the figures to something more natural. 
The final result, I am hoping, may go well 
beyond $500. 

At Calvary I shall remember particularly 
Brother tJamuel Weber and hie good wife, in 
whose comfortable home we found refuge the 
night we were at that place. I say refuge 
because it was a terrible night and it was 
indeed a refuge. To Brother and Sister Sands 
and the Webers and all the other good folks 
in these churches who showed me kindnesses 
I am, and shall continue to be grateful. 

I went to Eidgley, Maryland from New 
Jersey. This church is also in the Pennsyl- 
vania conference. Here too I encountered 
some very bad weather. But worse even than 
the weather, I found the whole community in 
the firm griy of the "flu." But we could 
not stop for either of these things. I am sur- 
prised that Lytle should make such a disturb- 
ance over a "little" thing like the "flu." 
The "flu" is n't so bad if you don't get it? 

Well, I was going to say, at Eidgley I re- 
newed acquaintances with my dear old Col- 
lege friend, H. L. Holsinger. It was my priv- 
ilege while yet a student, to say the words 
which made him the husband of his wife. 
And he is still my true friend in spite of 
that. In other words, he don 't hold it against 
me. Needless to say I had a grand visit in 
his home. Both he and his good wife know 
just how to make the stranger feel perfectly 
at home who is within their gates. 

The Eidgley congregation is not large nu- 
merically. At present this charge is without 
a pastor. There have been heavy losses in 
the last year or two by members moving 
away into the large centers where there was 
great demand for labor in making war mate- 
rials. A Sunday school is maintained which 
is a means of holding things together. In 
time past Brother H. L. Holsinger served this 
church as pastor. But at the present time he 
is not preaching anjnvhere. I may add that 
this church is also in the home community of 
Miss Vianna Detwiler. During my stay at 
Eidgley I had the privilege of meeting Miss 
Detwiler, who had been home assisting in the 
recent meeting under Brother I. D. Bowman, 
and who had not yet at that time returned 
to her work in Baltimore. 

While the weather made it impossible for 
me to get around as much as I otherwise 
would have been able to do, I was in the home 
of Brother Paul Holsinger several times, also 
in the Mitchell home. Here I met again our 
aged and loyal brother, David Eeplogle. It is 
always a pleasure to meet Brother Eeplogle. 
His religion is the kind that keeps one young, 
and cheerful and hopeful no matter how old 
you get. It would be great if we could all 
have just that kind of religion. Brother Eep- 
logle is quite aged but he has a splendid home 
with his daughter. I am very glad for the 
day I spent in that home. 

Eidgley did well for the College, but I 
might whisper that the result was very much 
improved because one loyal brother got into 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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the $500 class. Those who know Eidgley 
best will have no difficulty in guessing who 
that loyal brother was. We raised $665 at 
this place. If we could have gotten into all 
the homes this result would doubtless have 
been some higher. This was not the first time 
I was at Ridgley: I hope it will not be the 
last time. I have not a few pleasant memor- 
ies of Eidgley. I only wish the Kidgley folks 
would work out some plan by which they 
could have more preaching. Maybe this will 
yet be done. 

Finally, I want to add my word of appre- 
ciation to the retiring Editor for the splendid 
co-operation he has given me in the Evange- 
list since the very beginning of the Endow- 
ment campaign. It has meant much in mak- 
ing possible the success which has attended 
our efforts thus far. And I can say that at no 
time in the campaign have I asked him for 
anything which he did not cheerfully give. 
Thank you, Brother Teeter. Aiid while I feel 
sure your successor will give me a no less 
hearty co-operation, yet I also feel sure he 
can give me a no more hearty one than you 
have given. 

The next report will be from Waynesboro, 
and that will be the last report from Pennsyl- 
vania for the time being. 

WM. H. BEACHLEE, 
Campaign Secretary. 

Endowment Fund Subscriptions by Pennsyl- 
vania Congregations 

Allentown, Pa 775 00 

Berlin, Pa 1 200 00 

Downey, Pa 200 03 

Maple Grove, Pa 100 00 

Masontown, Pa 2 705 00 

Moxham, Pa 700 00 

Bunker Hill 108 00 

Liberty 232 00 

Yellow Creek 318 00 

New Enterprise 663 00 

Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 850 00 

McKees, Pennsylvania 1 000 00 

Altoona, Pennsylvania 2 200 00 

Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 5 133 50 

Morrellville, Pa ? 400 00 

Rosedale, Pa 650 00 

Summit Mills 2 500 00 

Salisbury 1 000 00 

Listie 400 00 

Johnstown, 1st church 8 000 00 

Pike, Pennsylvania 630 00 

Meyersdale $ 4 000 00 

Jones Mills, Pa 555 00 

Mt. Pleasant, Pa 220.00 

Uniontown, Pa 1 800 00 

Highland, Pa 155 00 

Aleppo, Pa 125 00 

Pittsburgh, Pa .- 1800 00 

First Brethren, Phila, Pa 3 117 00 

Third Brethren, Phila, Pa 500 00 

Eidgley, Md 665.00 

Sergeantsville, N. J 444.00 



Eemeraber every church must send, a report. 
We must have them. Indiana will have to 
have a better showing by far, than last year. 
Now pastors, Sunday school superintendents, 
and presidents of the various auxiliaries, look 
after these reports and see that they are 
turned in to me as all my reports depend on 
on you. PLEASE BE PEOMPT. 

W. T. LYTLE, 



BUELINGTON, INDIANA 

We will attempt a series of meetings at 
this church, beginning, after an all day's 
meeting on the first of January. We had 
planned for this service to begin in Novem- 
ber, but owing to the conditions of the health 
of the community we postponed it, to begin 
the first of the year. Now, we will solicit 
the prayers of the entire Brotherhood in our 
endeavors. 

W. T. LYTLE. 

Burlincrton, Indiana. 




LET'S TALK IT OVER 

If getting a good start is half the battle 
it is essential that Brother Baer and myself 
get started right with this first number of 
the Evangelist under the new regime, for we 
both know that there is many a battle to be 
fought before the success that both he and 
I anticipate for o\ir publications during the 
years that are in the immediate future. A 
division of labor and responsibility has been 
made but a unity of purpose shall be the aim 
of the three men who are now in charge of 
the different departments of the Publishing 
House, and as business manager of the Com- 
pany it shall be not only the aim but the am- 
bition of my life to develop a business and 
to build up an institution that the church need 
not mention with hesitancy or apology or 



TO THE CHURCHES OF INDIANA 

The time is at hand, for that first report 
to District Director. If you have not a Hand 
Book, why not? Then, if you have no Hand 
Book of the Four-Year Program with the 
cards to fill out, SEND FOE ONE AT ONCE. 



Since I have dropped the appellation of 
editor and will now pose as a plain business 
man it shall be my policy to drop the use of 
the editorial impersonal we and to use the 
personal pronouns you and I in what I shall 
have to say in the Business Manager's Corner, 
for I want to establish a personal relationship 
with all the pastors and all the churches and 
Sunday schools of the brotherhood in a more 



direct manner than was possible under the 
old system. 

I have long taught in both sermon and ed- 
itorial that a business man could \iu as much 
a serA ant of God as a preacher of the gospel 
is, for business can be cuiiciuctcd for the glory 
of God as well as church s>.rvic('s can be held 
in his honor and it shall be luy ami now to 
prove and to practice what I have preached. 

Since coming into the Publishing House 
more than three years ago I have never ceased 
contending that the attitude of the nieniber- 
ship of the churches and of the Sunday schools 
toward the publications of the Brethren 
church is more dependent upon the attitude 
of the pastors of the churches than upon any 
other one thing and X have not yet had any 
reason offered to me that would lead me to 
change my mind. So 1 shall consider it as 
one of my chief tasks in the immediate future 
to cultivate a close personal relationship with 
every pastor of the church. I covet your per- 
sonal friendship, not for what it may mean 
to me, much as that may be desired, but for 
what it may mean to the publishing interests 
of the church in the development of a busi- 
ness that shall redound to the honor and 
glory of God. 

One of the most successful enterprises ever 
undertaken by the Publishing House was the 
campaign to get the Evangelist into the home 
of every active family of Brethren in the en- 
tire church. The plan adopted met with unu- 
sual success during the past year and the in- 
dications are that it will meet with even 
greater success during the year nineteen hun- 
dred nineteen. The pastors that have exper- 
ienced having the Evangelist in every family 
in their congregations are unstinted in their 
praise of the beneficial results, and I am glad 
to report that not a church has fallen by the 
wayside as yet that has tried the plan for one 
year. The last two churches to adopt the plan 
for the second year are Allentown, Pennsyl- 
vania and Louisville, Ohio, Brother Baer 
bringing the list from Louisville along with 
him as he came to take up the duties of his 
office We are now in the very busiest days 
of the year at the Publishing House and it 
■5V ill be a couple of weeks before I can find 
time the give the matter of Evangelist sub- 
scriptions the attention it should have, but if 
our readers will be a little patient and give 
me just a little time to adjust the affairs of 
the office to the new plans I will take up this 
matter a few weeks later, but in the interim 
gi\ e heed to what I shall have to say from 
week to week in the Business Manager's Cor- 
ner. 



MATRIMONIAL 



LEININGEE-MYEES — Samuel Leininger 
and Lelah Myers were united in marriage 
October 19, 1918, at the home of the pastor. 
Both are highly esteemed young people of 
the community where they reside. The bride 
has been a member of the Brethren church 
for a number of years, the groom is a member 
of the German Eeformed church. 

EIAN-BOZE — Aug-ustus B. Eian and Lucy 
Bose were united in marriage October 29, 
1918 at the home of the bride. Both are 
held in very high estcer- by their friends. 
The groom is the supeniitindent of the Beth- 
el Brethren Sunday school and has held that 
office for a number of years with much cred- 
it. May many rich blessings attend all con- 
tracting parties and the God of all Glory bless 
and keep them. 

W. F. JOHNSON, 
Berne, Indiana. 

STAIE-HUBLEE — At the home of the un- 
dersigned, Ashland, Ohio, November 27, 1018 
Casper C. Stair and Mrs. Jennie A. Hublcr 
were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. 
Brother Stair is a deacon in the Fair Haven 



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cliureh and a splendid Christian gentleman. 
His wife is a refined lady of good qualifica- 
tions and will make a splendid companion to 
Brother Stair. 

The best wishes of the many friends are 
that long life and prosperity may accompany 
them always. 

BENJ. F. OWEN". 



GIBSON-BECKWITH— The home of the 
writer was the scene of a quiet wedding De- 
cember 7, 1918, at 2:30 P. M., when Mr. Olen 
Paul Gibson and Miss Anna Doris Beckwith 
were united in marriage. Mr. Gibson is a 
son of Brother and Sister D. P. Gibson. Cere- 
mony by the writer. 

HALE-WORINGTON— The home of Mr. 
and Mrs. Earl Green was the scene of a quiet 
wedding Monday evening at eight o 'clock, 
when Mr. Harry B. Hale and Miss Edna V. 
Worington were united in marriage by the 
writer. Mr. Hale is an enlisted sailor on the 
TJ. S. S. Dolphin as chief baker. He was grant- 
ed a fifteen day furlough. He will return to 
his post of duty soon. 
Postoria, Ohio M. 8. WHITE. 

BEEKLEY-CHADWIGK — The marriage 
ceremony of Arthur Berkley and Hazel Merle 
Chadwick was solemnized at the bride's home 
on December 12. May God's richest bless- 
ings attend these young people through life. 
GEO. E. CONE. 

CASHMAN-CAEE— Mr. John Lloyd Cash- 
man and Miss Edna Ruth Carr, both of Al- 
toona, Pa., were united in marriage Septem- 
ber 4l, 1918 at the home of the writer. These 
young people are both members of the Breth- 
ren church. 

YARNBLL-DELOZIEE— The marriage of 
Mr. Charles N. Yarnell to Miss Gertrude De- 
Lozier of Duncansville, Pa., took place at the 
home of the writer October 21, 1918. The 
bride is a public school teacher and has been 
for some years an active member of the 
Brethren church of Altoona. 

Ceremonies of the above performed by the 
writer. We join with the many friends of 
these young people in wishing them well 
through life. 

W. C. BENSHOPF. 



IN THE SHADOW 



BEACHLEY— Cora, Eohrer, sister of the 
above, died October 19, 1918. Our sister, 
like the rest of the -family, was a faithful 
member of the church here. She, with lier 
family were regular attendants and took an 
active part in church work. She was of a 
cheerful disposition, beloved by all who knew 
her. She leaves to mourn her early transla- 
tion a husband and two children, Robert, aged 
7 and Lois, aged 3 years, besides a mother, 
brother and a large circle of friends. The 
three above died in the space of two weeks' 
time, in the prime of life and usefulness, and 
in the full expression of faith. They all re- 
ceived the rite of anointing, thus expressing 
their faith in the Word. Our prayers and 
sympathy are for the consolation of those 
bereft. 

SHIPP— William C, died October 16, 1918. 
He was a young man, employed by the West- 
ern Maryland Eailroad Company. He leaves 
a wife and two children besides his parents 
and three sisters to mourn his early depart- 
ure. He was a member of the church here. 

EOWE — Joseph Franklin died November 
27. He was a promising school boy of fifteen 
summers. The dreaded "Flu" developing in- 
to pneumonia was the cause of his death. He 
was a member of our Sunday school. He 
leaves his heart-broken parents, sisters, broth- 



ers and many friencls to mourn his departure. 
The above were victims of the "Flu" with 
two exceptions. May God comfort the be- 
reft. The above funerals'by the undersigned 
assisted by Brother Tonibaugh at the first 
three. 

SPKECHEE — Emory Ringer died at his 
home in the city November 20, 1918. He was 
employed by the Cold Storage plant of the 
city. He was esteemed by his fellow work- 
ers. He suffered for several months of tu- 
berculosis. He was aged thirty-seven years, 
and leaves a wife and child. Sister Sprecher 
who is a jnember of the church here has our 
prayers and sympathy in her early widow- 
hood. 

ANTHONY— Was laid to rest in the Funks- 
town Cemetery October 19, 1918. He was 
an industriovis young man, the main support 
of a large family. Our deep sympathy goes 
out to the mother and family for their loss. 

HAKTLE— Daniel, died November 1, 1918. 
Deceased was employed as motorman on the 
Electric lines of the community and was 
widely known, evidenced by a large circle of 
friends who gathered to pay a last tribute to 
his memory. He was rather of a reserved 
disposition but congenial and devoted to his 
family. He was a member of the Reformed 
church. He leaves a wife and three children, 
two daughters and a son who will hold dear 
his memory as a devoted husband and father. 
A. B. COVER. 

BYERS — Benj. F. Byers passed away in his 
seventy-second year, at his home in Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania. Brother Byers was one 
of our faithful attendants in the Third 
church and will be sadly missed. He was a 
son of the late Elder Wm. Byers of Vinco 
and Pike congregations. He was sick only a 
short time until called to his heavenly home. 
He is survived by his wife and eight chil- 
dren, all of whom are members actively en- 
gaged in church work. Brother Alvin Byers 
of Canton, Ohio, being one of his sons. It 
is not often a family of children are found 
to be all active church workers and splendid 
Christian people. The funeral services were 
conducted by his pastor the undersigned. 

SMITH — Brother Benjamin Smith departed 
this life October 23rd, 1918, of Spanish in- 
fluenza. Brother Smith was one of the offi- 
cials of the Third church and will be missed 
greatly because of his activity and readiness 
to serve in whatsoever capacity he was asked 
to, always willingly serving where he could. 
His death was unu.sually sad because of the 
prostration of his whole family at the same 
time. Just as his mortal remains were 
brought into his home, his little daughter and 
only child jDassed away. Both bodies were 
interred in one grave. Services by the pas- 
tor. Burial in South Fork cemetery. Our 
sympathy is indeed extended ot the young 
widow in her aifliction. 

SECHRENGOST — Samuel Sechrongost, a 
member of the Third Brethren Sunday school 
departed this life July 15th, 1918 He died 
in France and lies buried somewhere upon the 
battlefield where he gave all, that he had to 
his country. He was born June 14th, 1892. 
Aged 26 years. Memorial services by the un- 
dersigned. 

We have also officiated at 8 funerals of 
children, many of them from families not 
members of the church. 

G. H. JONES. 

HISEY — Arthur Eugene Hisey was born 
December 13, 1916, and departed this life 
September 16, 1918, after a short illness. Ar- 
thur was loved by all who knew him, being 
extremely bright for his age. 

FAKLOW — David Sampson, son of Craw- 
ford and Hazel Farlow, was born October 12, 
1916, and died at his home in Merrell, Michi- 



gan, September 20, 1918, after a very short 
illness. 

MILLER — W. H. Miller was born Septem- 
ber 27, 1865 and departed this life October 13, 
1918. Brother Miller was for a number of 
years connected with the Berne church and 
Sunday school, serving for two years as teach- 
er of the teacher's training class. He was 
always loyal to the cause. He taught public 
school for a number of years with great cred- 
it to himself and the pupils. 

BAY — Irvin Ray was born in Adams coun- 
ty, Indiana, November 27, 1888, and died at 
his home in Mercer county, Ohio, December 3, 
1918, after a short illness of influenza. He 
was united in marriage to Nellie Irelan Feb- 
ruary 20, 1910. To this union were born two 
children. Brother Ray united with the Berne 
church several years ago, always living for 
him who died that he might live. He will 
be greatly missed by his class as he seldom 
missed his Sunday school. 

WENDAL— Lloyd, son of Wm. and Tena 
Wendal was born July 27, 1918, and departed 
this life December 7, 1918, after a very short 
illness, with that dread disease, the ' ' influ- 
enza. ' ' 

Funeral services by the writer 

W. F. JOHNSON. 

BRIM — Mandy J. Brim died after a brief 
illness of influenza at the home of her broth- 
er, Asa Brim, in Flora, Indiana, December 7, 
1918, aged 35 years,' 2 months and 29 days. 
In 1905, she united with the Darwin Breth- 
ren church, and after coming to Flora she 
transferred her membership to the First 
Brethren church of this city. Her devoted 
care to her aged invalid mother made it im- 
possible for her to attend the services as of- 
ten as she had wished. Besides an aged 
mother she leaves two brothers and *six sis- 
ters with a large number of near relatives 
and friends to mourn her absence. The fu- 
neral was held from the home by the under- 
signed, assisted by Elder Fisher of the Old Or- 
der church. 

HICKS— Helen Evaleen daughter of Broth- 
er and Sister Jacob Hicks, departed this life 
at Flora, Indiana, after an illness of pneu- 
monia, December 5, 1918, aged 13 years 3 
months and 13 days. Evaleen united with the 
First Brethren ehurcli of Flora about threo 
years ago, and was an active regular attend- 
ant at Sunday school, church and the Junior 
C. E.. Her kind, cheerful disposition, and 
glowing smile made her a friend and favor- 
ite of all who knew her. She will be missed 
by her many friends. Besides the grief-strick- 
en parents she leaves to mourn her departure 
two brothers and a sister and many triends. 
The funeral services from the home by the 
undersigned, assisted by Rev. Beery of the 
Church ot the Brethren. 

S. C. HENDERSON. 

YAGEL — William Henry Yagel was born in 
Whitley county, Indiana, April 17, 1849. He 
was united in marriage to Eliza Mary Mar- 
tin, October 6, 1873, to which union there were 
four children born. He departed this life De- 
cember 8, 1918 at the age of 69 years, 7 
months and 21 days. He united with the 
Bethesda Brethren church October 18, 1891. 
He was a highly respected member of this 
congregation, a noble father and Christian. 
He was confined to his bed the last seven 
months, and suffered greatly but patiently 
without murmur before his death. He leaves 
a wife, two children, one brother and two 
sisters. Two children preceded him in death. 
The funeral was conducted from the Church 
of God by the writer, assisted by Rev. Bol- 
ton, pastor of the Church of God. 

G. L. MAUS. 




One -Is YouR-y^ASTER -and -aii-Ye -Are- Brethren - 



33T*otlierlioocl 

"Have a shoulder for the burdens 

Of the weaker soul each day, 
Stoop and lift them and be tender, 

And be kind in every way; 
For the gentleness of kindness 

Has a gospel of its own, 
In the way that love is measured 

And the brother-heart is shown. 

"Have a shoulder for the burdens 

Of the one whom God guides near, 
It is worth your while to tarry. 

If through sympathy you can cheer; 
For we only cross these pathways 

Once— each day we near the end, 
Where life's wealth and satisfaction 

Lies in having been a friend. 

"Have a shoulder for the burdens 

Which the frailer lives must bear, 
Climb their Calvary and share them, 

For the crowns of life bide there; 
Love and brotherhood commingle, 

When, like Christ, whate'er the price. 
We will take the cross of others 

On the hills of sacrifice." 





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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



A Practical Church for a Practical Age — The Editor, 2 

Editorial Review, 3 

Four Year Program — Charles A. Bame, D.D., 4 

How to Become a Member of the Brethren Church — L. G. Wood, . . 5 

Our Celebration — Alva J. McClain, 6 

The Church as a Business Man Sees It — Frank L. Kohr, 7 

The Battle Line at the Beginning of 1919— The Editor, 7 

Sermon: The Apostolic Church in Action — W. C. Benshoff, 8 

Adult Division of the Bible School— L. G. Wood, 9 



A Great Opportunity — A. L. DeLozier, 10 

The Acid Test of Stewardship, 10 

Christian Endeavor and the Sunday School — Prof. J. A. Garber, . . 11 

The Twin Sisters of the Church— Claude E. Hill, 11 

A Proposed Plan of Correlation — E. P. Gates, 11 

News from the Field, 12-15 

The Tie That Binds, 15 

In the Shadow, 15-16 

One Man and a Pair of Good Legs — K. E. Teeter, D.D., 16 



EDITORIAL 



A Practical Church For A Practical Age 



This is a practical age and men want a practical religion and a 
practical church. The great Author of Christianity and Savior of the 
world was practical. He lived a practical life of service, taught a 
practical religion and is a practical Savior. There have been times 
when serious minded men stood aloof from the church and Christ, 
because they considered the church impractical and the Christ neces- 
sary only to women and children and weak men. And the church was 
much to blame for this attitude taken toward her and her Christ. 
There were times when she failed to meet the vital needs of men, 
and, forgetting the example of her Christ who went about doing good, 
she withdrew from the wicked world that she might not be contam- 
inated and contented herself with her cloistered life and private 
devotions. But those periods were the exception and not the rule. 
She has in the main been practical to every age, and more now than 
ever. Her vision has been broadening with the advancing years and 
her helpfulness increasing with the multiplicity of life's duties and 
trials. With the growing stress and temptations of our modern life 
the church has grown stronger and more practically serviceable. And 
in this she must continue to lead on and will, by the grace of God. 
Let her not allow her foes, who make merchandise of evil, to deter 
or deflect her fi'om her purpose, by the time-worn, implication — 
' ' Let the church concern herself with religion and her preachers 
preach the gospel, and not be interfering with our business, or poli- 
ties or social affairs. ' ' I said, it is a false implication, for religion is 
not a mere matter of form and ceremony, it is not a diversion from 
the very pressing and practical affairs of life, it does not content 
itself with stirring the emotions and entertaining the mind on Sun- 
day; it is life itself, and has to do with everything that touches life. 
And the great institution divinely ordained to nourish and propagate 
religion is concerned about everything that enters into life. There 
is absolutely nothing that men can build a fence around and say to 
the church ' ' Keep hands off and keep silent about it. " If it is to 
man's detriment the church cannot hold her peace and fold her arms 
without being untrue to the teachings and example of her Lord. If 
it is for man's welfare the church is duty bound to encourage it 
and guard it from misdirection. The church of Christ must continue 
to be, and in ever increasing measure, the saving influence for the 
whole man or she must cease to use her Master's name. Let me illus- 
trate what I mean. 

It is not necessary to the fulfilment of her mission that the church 
conduct gymnasiums, but it is necessary that she be concerned about 
the physical welfare of her people and all people. She should furnish 



inspiration, encouragement, spirit and ideal for those community 
movements and institutions, which can better care for the physical 
training and recreation of people than the church. Though she does 
not direct these interests, yet she must, by co-operation, be the saving 
influence in them, and in her teaching she must lay emphasis upon 
right conduct and care of the body that it may be a fit temple of 
the Holy Spirit. 

In the complex life of many communities she may not be able to 
be the social center or personally direct all social activities, but she 
should bo much concerned about the kind of social activities that are 
carried on. A church and a dance hall can no more work harmon- 
iously in the same community than a church and a saloon. The 
church must oppose every institution that is antagonistic to its great 
purpose and the best interest of the people whom it is to seek to save. 
And we are coming to see that greater wisdom lies in supplying or 
directing or encouraging the right kind of social activities, so far 
as possible, than in opposing the wrong kind after they have gotten 
hold of the people. 

The church has a right to be interested in the industrial and 
financial conditions of men, and through her various auxiliaries to 
supi^ly inspiration and purpose to remedial efforts and encourage- 
ment to industry and prosperity. She is and must be concerned that 
people be prosperous rather than poverty stricken, and industrious 
rather than indolent. It is not necessary that she run an employment 
bureau or keep a standing committee on industrial relations. But if 
she takes personal interest in men's difficulties and helps them on 
their feet when they are down rather than be satisfied with dealing 
out charity, those who are thus given their feet again may not only 
use them to earn a livelihood but to walk the path of grace into the 
Kingdom. 

There are a multitude of ways in which the sharing of Christ's 
sympathy for men will lead the church to help to make better the con- 
ditions, activities and lives of the people of every community. But in 
it all she must ever keep in mind that every man is an immortal soul 
and she must help him plan not only for life but for eternity. The 
church's task is spiritual and she must see all these calls for prac- 
tical sympathy and direction of life interests as means of leading 
men the better to a realization of the Christ ideal for their lives. She 
must keep ever in mind the goal of life and seek to steer men safely 
through every perplexing situation to their rightful destination. She 
must use every circumstance, every problem, every need to enable her 
to build characters that will stand the test of fire and win the approv- 




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■ tiTe rigJit is her great, purpose 



■God. She must 
al oiSome." To wir - - ;, _ J^'S*K 

Jin 'if-jome caunot be won by the songs and prayers and sermons on 
thf Sabbath, she must endeavor to find some other avenue of ap- 
proach. Some may need to be cleansed from their leprosy before they 
will return to glorify God and some may even need to be defended 
from their mercilous accusers, as was the woman taken in adulter}', 
before the Christ can free them from the multiplied power of sin. 
Whatever men may need to exalt, strengthen and make more whole- 
some their lives, let not the church shrink from doing. And when 
the church gives herself to such Christ-like ministries let no one say 
she is becoming secularized or is profaning her calling. Everything 
that enters into the life of a man makes an indelible impression upon 
character and has a spiritual bearing. Everything that makes or mars 
the life of man is a concern of the church. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



, Brother Lynn says the "flu" is raging in and about Ankeny- 
town, so that it is impossible to hold services. 

Brother DeLozier issues a challenge to an unusual but practical 
type of missionary service. Read his article on the page of "Mis- 
sions. ' ' 

Still they come. Brother I. B. Trout comes with 83 names to 
which to send church news and Brother Grisso sends 47. All these 
make the Evangelist the more valuable and its all the more worth 
your while to write for it. 

Brother Carpenter repeats his call for teachers to help out in the 
noble work being done in Kentucky. Read his "Home Mission 
Notes" and think the matter over, perhaps he is calling for you. It 
is a great opportunity to serve the Kingdom interests. 

After a brief vacation for the Christmas season the halls of Ash- 
land College were again open for business Friday, January 3. As 
usual the students are somewhat tardy in leaving "Home, Sweet 
Home, ' ' but doubtless most of them will soon be back. 

Brother Snyder has certainly done an unusually lino piece of 
work in collecting both the Thanksgiving offering and the White 
Gift offering by mail, with closed church, and going "over the top" 
with both. Ho undoubtedly has a loyal people who know how to 
eo-operate with their pastor's wise and energetic leadership. 

The sermon in this week's Pulpit was preached at a union meet- 
ing of the churche.= of Altoona, Pa., by the author. Brother Ben- 
shoff. In this new department, the best of the various pulpits can 
be had every week. If your pastor preaches an exceptionally good 
sermon, urge him to send it to the editor of the Evangelist. 

The editor, who will not be able to close his pastorate at Louis- 
ville before April 1st, has for sometime felt that he had about the 
finest people to serve that could be found anywhere, and he was 
made to feel more certain of it by some recent surprises in whi. 
cold cash played a large part for the benefit of him and his wife. 

Brother Owen and his family experienced a very pleasant and 
profitable New Year surprise in the form of a wagon load of "eats" 
from his pai-ishioners at Fair Haven. The character of the people 
must be in keeping with the name of the place. Such a church is 
truly a "fair haven" in the time of the cold and scarcity of winter. 

The call goes forth from the Ohio State Missions Board secretary. 
Brother E. F. Miller, of Bellefontaine, to the churches in the above 
district to "pay up." Thepayments are supposed to be made quar- 
terly, as the apportionments. Turn to his notice and see what your 
church owes and then ask somebody if the remittance has been 
made. 

See the "Sunday School" department for more "takers" of the 
Waterloo challenge. Johnstown, Pa., and Muncie, Ind., are on the 
trail of the Waterloo bunch this week. It looks as if something had 
been started that cannot easily be stopped. AVell, that is the way 
to get boys to attend Sunday school — "start somelhing" and they 
will eome. 



See the Business Manager's Corner for the news of more Honor 
Roll churches. The spirit seems to be about as eontageous as the 
"flu." It does not have the bad effect, however. So don't try to 
avoid it. It will make your chiirch work go easier if the Evangelist 
comes into every home of your parish. Try it. And then write some 
news and see how eagerly your people look for the paper. 

We learn that Brother Wolford's family have all been sick with 
the "flu" and he has been kept busy as nurse. Brother E. G. Mason, 
secretary of Ohio District conference has also been a victim of the 
same disease. These Brethren have promised to furnish an article 
each as soon as they are able. Thank you. Brethren, as well as all 
others who have responded so nobly, for your co-oepration. 

It looks as if the war had taught us how to give, judging from 
the amounts being reported for White Gift offerings. Let us hope so. 
Would it not mean a great new era of world evangelization and 
Kingdom building, if we could see carried over into the church the 
same ready and generous response to financial appeals as was shown 
in meeting the financial needs of the war. It would be a better 
guarantee against another world war than anything else that could 
be done. 

Brother Oxley's heart will be glad long after the "eats" are 
consumed because of the kindness and generosity of his two congrega- 
tions. Such expressions of love mean far more than the material 
\ alue of the gifts, great as that may be. And the sight of his six- 
year old daughter engaging in the humble ordinance of feet-washing 
while ho himself was engaging in the same service was enough to 
give him a thrill of divine ecstasy never to be forgotten. 

Notice Brother Bame's reminder about "reports" again, on page 
4, and as he is wont to say ' ' Now then do it. ' ' And I want to drop 
a hint to the church leaders over the brotherhood — if you would 
write him occasionally and tell him you are with him and trying with 
all your God-given strength and wisdom to work the Program, it 
will doubtless be appreciated and make the burden of his leadership 
lighter. Moreover, it will help him to keep fourth page glowing with 
news. 

It is refreshing to learn from Brother C. C. Grisso, that North 
Liberty, Indiana, has not been weakened by the " flu. " Perhaps the 
optimism of the pastor has something to do with keeping the people 
courageous and confident. Of course some communities have been 
" hit " harder than others, and it will help out in the final count on 
the Four-Year Program records if the churches which have been more 
fortunate can make up to some extent for the losses incurred by those 
which have suffered severely from the epidemic. 

Brother J. A. Garber, or National Christian Endeavor president 
is supplying the Christian Endeavor page with some interesting mate- 
rial on the correlation of the young people's organization with the 
Sunday school. All Sunday school workers as well as Christian En- 
deavorers should read what appears in this issue. By the way, let 
me suggest that Endeavor workers s'end reports and articles of spe- 
cial interest to Brother Garber and help him keep the page bristling 
with things of special interest to our young people. 

The Ashland Sunday school cabinet met at the home of Brother 
W. H. Beachler on Thursday evening, the 2nd, to work out plans to 
thrash Waterloo in the Sunday school contest. It is seldom that a 
preacher turns on his former parishioners, but that is the case hcr^. 
Brother Beachler is not alone to be blamed for this situation how- 
ever. You could not expect anything else from the live bunch of 
Sunday school workers of the College church, headed by such an 
aggressive Sunday school man as their pastor, Prof. J. A. Garbei:. 

With Sister Vianna Detwiler as personal worker and Brother I. 
D. Bowman as evangelist, Ridgely, Maryland, has experienced a spir- 
itual refreshing. Eight souls were added to the Kingdom, and, at the 
most important age in life. Who can tell the far-reaching results of 
such a harvest of young life? Yes, Sister Detwiler, the meeting was 
a great success though the shortness of the meeting did not permit 
getting in touch much with the outside world. And may God continue 
to bless the evangelist and the personal worker in their tireless 
efforts in their respective fields to serve him, , . :Uy-an/ 

Ashland Theoiogscal LiD«ary 

Ashland, Ohio 



THE BRETHREN = 



EVANGELIST 



FOUR-YEAR PR OirRAM"^f zi^^ fe 

IVOTV THE^f r>0 IT.*— II Samuel 3:1S 

Conducted by Charles A.' Batne 



Have You Reported Yet? 

It is in the Hand Book — the report card, I mean. No, 
your District Director is not going to ask you for your re- 
port; it is to be the work of yourself, voluntarily, from 
what was asked of you in the last number of the Evange- 
list. If you did not read that page last week, you'd better 
go to your files and get the page and read it. If you did and 
have not yet reported, you had better get busy right away 
and do it. I think all instructions are on that page. If they 
are not on that page, you will find them in the Hand Book 
where the postal on which your report is to be made, is 
found. 

Or Shall We Just Pass It Up? 
. Pass what up? The reporting? Not a bit of it. This 
Program is going right on, whether it is to be as good as 
we had hoped or not. Wars are not won without a single 
loss. Some battles go against the victorious; always. They 
seem to need it to keep up the real fighting spirit. If you 
are fagging out or discouraged, read some more of the pre- 
cious promises of the Word. 

"When Jesus comes to reward his servants 

Whether it be noon or night. 
Faithful to him will he find us watching 

With our lamps all trimmed and bright ? ' ' 

If the signs of the times portend anything at all they 
surely show marks of the immanent fulfilment of the prom- 
ised coming. Will your church and your report be ready? 
If not, hurry to make it up without further delay. We 
NEED THE REPORTS. Note the dates of limit. 

Somebody Heard From 

Just this forenoon, I got two good letters from leaders 
interested in the work of the church. One said, "Let us go 
to the program with all our might and main. Our work here 
is on the job as before the "ban" (terrible word) and we 
will make all the goals with the possible exception of goal- — ■ 
I put it before my folks very strongly that there ought to 
be a greater response than before because of the way the 
Lord led us through with so few serious cases of the "flu." 
The best part of the year is still ahead of us and we must 
iise it. I'M WITH YOU TO THE LAST FRAZZLE." 
That Helps 

Now that is the kind of talk that makes for work and 
victory. I hope every preacher in the brothei'hood as well 
as every leader will ponder that the best part of the year is 
still ahead. It is true. With the second wave of the disease 
dying and with better knowledge of how to avoid and pre- 
vent it, let us hope that the second wave is the last and 
that we shall soon be at the very best part of the year and 
that our churches will do the best they can to recover the 
losses caused by the trials through which we have passed. 
Another 

Another letter from one who has an excellent oppor- 
tunity to know, writes, "As far as church work is concerned, 
wherever I go, the work has been all shot to pieces. I have 
not met a preacher who has nearly carried out his plans for 



the fall. It was simply impossible. But you would be sur- 
prised to know how many folks I am meeting who have al- 
ready made up their minds to attend the 1920 conference 
because it is to mark the consummation of the Program." 
What Will the "Consummation" Be? 
I can tell you. It will be just what we make it. The 
surpri.'^e of all the war, especially to Kaiser Bill, was the 
speed with which the U. S. A. got into the war. We are a 
part of this same U. S. A. Can we speed up like we helped 
the government to do it? We can. Get in your reports so 
the Committee can tell you where we are and what we shall 
have to do next. Hurry. Thank you I was sure you would. 
How About Teacher Training? 
Of course you know that this comes in as a part of the 
Prograni. Have you ordered one of Prof. L. L. Garber's 
new books just off the press for your Teacher Training class? 
Well, no matter what your teachers have studied, this is a 
book every Brethren teacher ought to study. There ought 
to be enough pride in our denomination to make you feel 
good that one of our number can produce a book on Relig- 
ious Education that at once stands right along Avith the best 
that can be produced. If you knew nothing about Prof. 
Garber as a teacher and scholar, you could soon reach a con- 
clusion by making a study of this small volume ; and that is 
exactly what we hope many of our Sunday schools will 
hasten to do. Teachers, Superintendents, Preachers! What 
book could you better study for your own good, than, "The 
Educative Process in Religion" by a scholar like Dr. Gar- 
ber. I heartily commend it to all our Sunday schools. Get 
it of Prof. J. A. Garber, Ashland, 0., at 5 for 90c. Then use 
it. 

Happy New Year 
' ' The new year is not with us only the new day ; 
Each day is a white page to be written; 
Write it beautifully and the boolv of the year will be beauti- 
ful."— Bliss. 

"Joy to the Avorld the Lord is come 

Let earth receive her King. 
Let every heart prepare him room 

And heaven and nature sing. "—Watts. 

"Yet still we trust in God the just. 

Still keep our faith alive. 
That 'neath thine eye all hate shall die 

And only love survive. — Greely in 1863. 

Before his throne I'll daily fall 

And on him, pleading, gladly call 

Surrendering myself, my all. 

And then when all the days have gone. 

Defeats are met and victories won, 

When all the Year's Avork has been done, 

Great blessings will be mine. 

BAME. 



Inactive church members lose their healthful appetites 
and respond only to sensational stories and statements, to 
special music and other spiritual condiments and sugar-coat- 
ed pills, just as sedentary folks lose their appetites for bread 
and other nourishing physical food. 




EN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 6 



^n^^znLsiAL ARTICLES 



How to Become a Member of the Brethren Church 

By L. G. Wood 



The Bible being our only creed and text-book, this sub- 
ject requires a discussion of the Scriptural steps that lead 
from darkness to light. For convenience I will identify the 
steps as follows — 1st, Faith ; 2nd, Repentance ; 3rd, Baptism. 
"When I say faith is the first step, I do not mean a cold, his- 
torical, abstract belief, but a living personal evangelical 
faith. To be sure Paul says in Rom. 10:17, "So then faith 
cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. ' ' But 
T do not consider the hearing a step on the part of the one 
becoming a member of the church, for that is a step to be 
taken by the church, as proven in Rom. 10:14, "How shall 
they hear Avithout a preacher and how shall they preach 
except they be sent." Jesus Christ has made the church 
entirely responsible for the delivery of the message, it is ours 
to see that the people hear. This is the introductory work 
of receiving folks into the Brethren church and the founda- 
tion of faith. The preacher is to be the willing messenger; 
the church is to send him forth; "the Word of God" is the 
message. 

1 — Faith is the first step toward peace with God and 
membership in the church. Some say that confession is the 
first step ; the importance of confession can not be overes- 
timated, yet it is not a step in itself. Confession is the mouth 
speaking from the "abundance of the heart," therefore con- 
fession is the outward expression, and must be both in word 
and conduct, of the believing heart. Rom. 10:10; "For with 
the heart man believeth unto righteou.sness and with the 
mouth confession is made unto salvation, ' ' therefore confes- 
sion is a vital part of faith itself. Without confession and 
obedience, "belief is vain" and "faith is dead," 1 Cor. 15:2; 
"By which also ye are saved if ye keep in memory that 
which I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. ' ' 
Jas. 2:26; "For as the body Avithout the spirit is dead, so 
faith without works is dead also. ' ' 

The New Testament scriptures fall into three natural 
divisions — (1) facts, (2) commandments, (3) promises. The 
facts are to be believed — an appeal to faith. The command- 
ments are to be obeyed — an appeal to loyalty. The promises 
are to be enjoyed — an appeal to relationship. The.?e divisions 
must be recognized as having to do with the induction of 
souls into Christ and the conduct of souls in Chr'sr. 

The three great facts of scripture are (1^ death, (2) 
burial, (3) resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is interesting to 
note that the first mention of a Savior prefigures his death. 
Gen. 3:15; " Thou shalt bruise his heel." This also points 
to his death, Isa. 53:5; "He was bruised for our iniquities," 
Paul presented these facts and said it was "the gospel he 
had preached that they had received and by which they were 
saved." ITJor. 15:3-4. "For I delivered unto you first of all 
that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins 
according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and 
that he rose again the third day according to fhe scriptures. ' ' 
The clause, "according to the scriptures," proves these to 
be the great facts of all scripture. All facts are compre- 
hended in, and cluster around these. 

2. The great commandments are (1) faith, (2) repent- 
ance, (3) baptism. These are the steps which induct into 
Christian fellowship, therefore the steps by which members 
are received into the Brethren church. Brethren, I am so 
glad that we have these steps so beautifully simplified ju 
the scriptures, that we may know how to preach, and how 
to answer inquiring souls. 

The Acts of the Apostles is the book of apostolic con- 
versions; in it we have the steps unto fellowship, and mem- 
bership as taught and recognized by the apostles. We have 
an example in chapter two. Peter preached — what did he 



preach'? He first laid the foundation by referring to the 
scriptures to prove that this was the very Christ which was 
promised; therefore, "according to the scriptures." Then 
he builded upon this foundation by declaiing the death, 
burial and resurrection of this Christ. Then the people 
were convicted. What convicted them? The belief of the 
great facts of the message. Then they asked, "Men and 
l)rethren, Mliat shall we dof" v. 37. Thus, the mouth was 
speaking from a believing heart. This was proof to Peter 
that they had accepted Jesus Christ by faith and desired full 
fellowship, and that faith desired to become a mighty pow- 
er by compl-ete obedience. At once the apostle told them 
what to do, V. 38. He pointed them to the next steps, "Re- 
pent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus 
Christ." What for? Just because it is a form that the 
church holds? No. Because they had been blessed, because 
their sins had been forgiven? No, none of these; Peter does 
not leave us in the dark, nor to guess what it is for. "For 
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the 
Holy Spirit, for the promise is unto you and your children, 
and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our 
God shall call." 

When many modern preachers "hedge around" this 
proposition, they are "begging the question" and not giving 
the Word of God a square deal. Some of these modern 
prophets say those people were forgiven and saved by 
"faith only" when they asked the question. If so, then why 
did Peter command the people to "repent?" It is unreason- 
able and does violence to the plain teaching of the \v ord. 

Here I wish to lay down a proposition, with a challenge, 
that the above mentioned scriptures are in harmony with 
all othei- teachings of the New Testameiit and prove that 
faith, repentance and baptism are three distinct (though 
beautifully blended) steps unto the remission of sins, and 
that they each stand in the same relation to forgiveness. 
And this means fellowship with Christ and membership in 
the church. 

Repentance is a sorrow for sin, which causes one to for- 
sake an old life. II Cor. 5:10; "For Godly sorrow worketh 
repentance to salvation not to be repented of." It is the 
step following faith, and implies a letting go of the old life 
and taking hold of the new. Heb. 11:6; "For without faith 
it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God 
must believe that he is. " It is impossible to repenl; — let go 
the old life — until we have believed there is something bet- 
ter. It is also impossible to take hold of the new life, until 
we have believed that there is one. 

Baptism is commanded with all the authority and im- 
portance, with which faith and repentance are commanded. 
In fact it represents the climax of induction. Gal. 3:27, "As 
many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on 
Christ." It is also emblematic of regeneration. I do not 
say that it IS regeneration, but it is the divinely given em- 
blem of regeneration. John 3:5; "Except a man be born of 
the M-ater and of the Spirit he can not enter into the kingdom 
of God." Baptism represents a death to sin and also a birth 
into a new relationship. It stands for our union with Christ 
in death, burial and resurrection.. Rom. 1-5, presents both 
the design and the form of baptism. "What shall we say 
then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 
God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any lon- 
ger therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were 
baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his DEATH? 
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into DEATH ; 
that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory 
of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of 



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life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness 
of his DEATH, we shall be also in the likeness of his res- 
urrection. ' ' There are three words used in the above which 
teach the fulness or completeness of the actions of baptism, 
i. e., "baptized," "buried," "planted;" these words are in- 
terchangeable and each requires immersion. The clause 
following each of these words describes how the actions are 
to be performed, requiring a forward action — "into his 
death." "into death." "in the likeness of his death," 
(John 19:30) "and he bowed his head and gave up the 
ghost." Man was created in the image of the triune God, 
Gen. 1:26. "And God said let US make man in OUR 
image." By sin man fell from this favor and likeness; by 
grace he may be restored. This grace comes by regenera- 
tion, for the res'toration of the triune image. This restora- 
tion conies from, and relates us to, the Father (as Creator) 
the Son (as Redeemer) the Holy Spirit (as Ressurector) ; 
all of Avhich is embodied in the great Commission. Mat. 28 : 
19; "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy 
Ghost." Therefore, to comply with the Word requires a 
three-fold and forward action. 

These are the steps which lead to membership in the 
Brethren church, with a right to the three great promises; 



:-VANGELlST 

(1) torgrrtrtrc^.,-_iJ _ 

Eternal life, 1 Jno. 2: 



__ H-it,I.-akell:23 

■:^i). ^^^^^^=^iifirfen heard amo*, l.^; 
Christians today is "Back to Christ." Let us liQ^-tifat 
Christendom maj' speedily move "back to Christ" and 
Brethren, let us be found there waiting, and earnestly con- 
tending for the faith once delivered to the saints, "as good 
stewards of the manifold grace of God." Eph. 4:13; "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge 
of the Son of God. unto a jjerfect man, unto the measure 
of the stature of tlie fulness of Chiist. 



1. Facts. 



Gospel Steps 



(1) Death of Christ, 1 Cor. 15:3. 

(2) Burial of Christ, 1 Cor. 15:4. 

(3) Resurrection, 2 Tim. 2:8. 
Commandments. 

(1) Faith, John 14:1: Heb. 11:6. 

(2) Repentance, Acts 3:19. 

(3) Baptism, Matt. 28:19-20. 
Promises 

(1) Forgiveness, Acts 2:38. 

(2) Holy Spirit, Luke 11 :13. 

(3) Eternal life, 1 John 2:25. 



Our Celebration. By Aiva j. Mcciain 



"Nor fllthiness; nor foolish talking, or jesting . . . but 
rather giving of thanks." 

Peace has come ! Such must be the meaning of bells 
ruiging and whistles blowing as we write. An end at last 
to the awful slaughter of men! An end to the pouring out 
of precious resoui'ces into the maws of destruction ! An end 
to that fearful nightmare of possible world dominion by an 
inhuman, beastly Prussian power whose ruthlessness and 
cruelty have out-rivaled the Huns! An end to the soul- 
racking suspense of those who daily have scanned the cas- 
ualty lists for the names of loved ones. Surely, it is time 
for rejoicing, a time for the making of great mirth. There 
has been much anticipation. Now there is realization and 
there will be celebration. Every true-hearted man must cast 
about for some way to express the long pent-up feelings of 
his soul. 

Let it not be "filthiness," or in modern language 
"vice." Many (it is said with sadness) will take this ivay of 
celebrating the coming of victory and peace if we may judge 
from the memory of past occurrences. It has seemed that 
"by common consent" and "tacit agreement" the town is 
"wide open" on such occasions. "The lid is off." To get 
drunk is counted by some a virtue. Liberty becomes license. 
All the "good fellows" will make "a night of it." And 
many of those to whose hands has been entrusted the task 
of restraining vice will wink at indulgence in the most 
despicable forms of it. Why should the Beast be turned 
loose in our cities because the Beast of Bei'lin has been de- 
feated? "Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor adulter- 
ers, nor drunkards shall ever inherit the Kingdom of God." 
"Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of 
these very things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons 
of disobedience." Let the Christian shun such a way of 
celebrating the coming of peace. 

Neither let it be "foolish talking." The expression is 
literally "fool-talk." Among the profane and unthinking 
the announcement of peace will be made the occasion of 
much fool-talk. It is fool-talk to boast that "we did it." 
Say rather with the late Kitchener, "God did it." For it 
is God the Most High that ruleth in the kingdom of men and 
giveth it to whomsoever he will. It is the God of Heaven 
that retteth up kings and removeth kings. It is he, and not 
the " \A'eather-man, " wlio giA'cth "i-ain from heaven and 
fruitful seasons" without Avhich there could have been no 
victory. It is he that humbleth the mighty and bringeth 



them down to the sides of the pit. Let us give glory and 
ascribe praise to him. It is fool-talk to express by word and 
writing the sentiment "To hell with the Kaiser." The Kais- 
er will most certainly find a "place in hell" instead of "a 
place in the sun," unless he thoroughly repents of his sins 
and takes refuge "in Christ" instead of "in Holland." But 
it is just as certainly not within the province of mortal man, 
whose breath is in his nostrils, to consign the Kaiser to this 
place of eternal torment. Besides, let it not be forgotten 
that this same hell is also to be the destination of all others 
who have sinned and are outside of Christ. Let us not, 
therefore, assume the prerogative of God. In his hands is 
the destiny of the human soul. He will see to it that Justice 
receives her full dues. Let all the people keep silence be- 
fore him. 

Neither let it be "jesting." In other words, our cele- 
bration should not be by means of buffoonery, low jests, 
ridiculous pranks, vulgar tricks. What a vivid picture this 
expression presents of the manner in which some shall cele- 
brate the advent of peace ! Theatre and street will be full 
of it. But the thinking man will shun it; if for no other 
reason, by reason of his remembrance of certain shell-torn 
bodies which lie rotting beneath the soil of France. Let 
those who have forgotten be found in the company of those 
who "jest. " The Christian may rejoice. But jesting is not 
rejoicing. 

But there is a way in which the Christian may express 
to the full his feeling of happiness and gratitude over what 
has taken place. It is not by filthiness, nor by foolish talk- 
ing, nor by jesting. It is rather by giving of Thanks. The 
Christian knows full well that every good and perfect gift 
Cometh down from the Father of Lights with Whom there 
is no variation nor shadow that is cast by turning. He 
knows that the preservation of the world is solely through 
the longsuffering and mercy of God. He knows that peace 
is a gift of God's love whether it comes to the human soul 
or to the nations. Therefore he bows hi^ knees unto the 
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in humble recognition of 
his marvelous grace and kindness toward its in him. 



Life may be held so pure, so receptive to all high influ- 
ence, so noble in its aspirations as to furnish the right con- 
ditions for those finer promptings; or it may so degenerate 
into the material, the selfish, the self-centered, as to become 
deaf and blind and unresponsive to them. 



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\!iirvM""^*''^^"ine Church As A Business Man Sees It 



By Frank L. Kohr 



There are many organizations about us. Some appeal to 
us -while other do not. But organizations are necessary. Al- 
most everything that is accomplished, is achieved by means 
of organizations. An individual can not advance himself 
alone. A man can not lift himself by pulling on his own 
boot straps. As Paul says, "No man liveth to himself nor 
dieth to himself." Together we succeed, or together we 
fail. The days have passed when any one is or can be suffi- 
cient unto himself. It is because of these organizations 
that we find ourselves in different positions, positions of 
importance or positions less desirable. If it were not for 
these organizations, there would be no positions; that is, 
there would be no difference in or graduation of any of our 
positions. Those individuals who have such rare ability. 
would have no chance to display it. Men occupy positions 
of responsibility because in organizations they have shown 
themselves capable. They continue to liold -positions of 
trust as they show their fitness to lead organizations. 

One of these organizations is the church. In it are posi- 
tions for capabilities of the highest degree. But it is not the 
position of persons nor the efficiency of organizations that 
this paper cares most for. Thus far we have thought of 
organizations and how they put us all into various positions. 
With this understanding let us consider the view an ordi- 
nary business man takes of the church. We shall admit at 
once that not all business men take the same view. 

We are acquainted with the fact that many business men 
are among the best workers of the church. In some cases 
they are the sole promoters and sustainers. This, we are 
sorry to say, is not true of business men in general. But 
what is the attitude of the ordinary business man toward 
the church ? He does not hate the church ; no, and many of 
them would not consider living anywhere except in church 
communities. In fact most of them know quite well that 
their property would not be worth fifty cents on the dollar 



if it were not for the church. Perhaps we can answer this 
question best by naming several views. 

Some consider the church a small item, a side issue. 
The church is all right, but should expect nothing from 
them. By this they tacitly say that the church is not A\-orthy 
of their support. 

Other business men consider the church a very excel- 
lent place for women and children, but not for themselves. 
These are quite willing to help support the church; perad- 
A'enture it is the cheapest way to raise the children Avith 
good influences about them. Still others regard the church 
as a splendid means l)y which to advertise their business, 
while others regard it as the shortest road to popularity. 
The church affords these people an opportunity to surround 
themselves with a host of friends and helpers, and they use 
these groups to further their political or financial interests. 

Many more particular attitudes might be mentioned. 
Some are just too busy (as they think) to attend church 
services on Sunday. It is all right for people not so busy as 
themselves. Their automobiles have time to go everywhere 
except to church. 

There is another class, not so small as you might think, 
who intend to go to church but on Sunday morning a pecu- 
liar disease attacks them. They are so sleepy Sunday morn- 
ing. Perhaps they Avould not admit that such neglect is an 
attitude against the church. They seem to have forgotten 
that "actions speak louder than words." 

We have noticed a few of the attitudes taken by typical 
business men. If we should trace some of these business 
men to the end of their days, we would find they had changed 
all pretentions and actions to fixed attitudes. By habit they 
have no desire for the church. They see the church as the 
main thing in life, their only salvation, and the only .salva- 
tion of the world, but it is too late. The way they have been 
actmg towards it has determined their eternal future. 



The Battle Line At The Be^innin^ Of 1919 



It requires quick glancing to keep even a moderately 
up-to-date view of the temperance situation. If we don't 
tarry too long, we may glance at the line of battle as it 
existed at the beginning of this month. I say "existed"- — 
past tense — because this data is likely to be past tense by 
the time it is read. State legislatures are meeting now, and 
the question of ratifying or rejecting the Federal Constitu- 
tional Prohibition Amendment will be facing them at the 
outset. And many legislatures are certain to ratify it, as 
certain as they are to meet. And practically all of the rest 
are extremely likely to ratify. Even the wettest of them can 
do little worse than side-step the question. 

The following 15 states have already given their ap- 
proval: Mississippi, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, 
North Dakota, Maryland, Montana, Texas, Delaware, Soi^th 
Dakota, Massachusetts, Arizona, Cxeorgia, Louisiana, Flori- 
da. The following state legislatures are considered certain 
to ratify and will meet in January : Alabama, Arkansas, Cal- 
ifornia, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, 
Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ne- 
vada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, 
Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Ver- 
mont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 
This list includes every state M'hieh has not already ratified 
except New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Investiga- 
tion has shown Pennsylvania to be hopeful ; New York an 
even proposition and New Jersey probably opposed to the 
amendment. But some great surprises have occurred in this 
fight and it may be that more may be our lot. 

In Alabama where success to the amendment was con- 
sidered doubtful a dry legislature was elected with a ma- 
jority of 25 to 10 in the Senate and 75 to 31 in the House. 



In Illinois there will be about 10 majority in each House 
for ratification. Rhode Island, which was considered op- 
posed to the amendment until recently, will probably be 23 
to 16 dry in the Senate and 55 to 45 dry in the House. Con- 
necticut has a majority of 75 for a clean state and the Sen- 
ate is safe. Wisconsin was considered uncertain, but the 
upper House will ratify by 22 to 11 and the lower by 59 
to 41. 

During 1918, Congress passed the food administration 
bill with the so-called war prohibition section, which was 
signed by the President, November 21st. Congress has 
enacted prohibition for Hawaii, and the President forbade 
the manufacture of beer, his order becoming effective De- 
cember 1st. 

Moreover, the ground gained during 1918 by hard hand- 
to-hand fighting is very encouraging — to the ' ' drys. ' ' There 
are 2,546 dry counties in the country and only 351 wet. 
This shows a dry gain for the year of 460 counties. Four 
state-wide prohibition victories were won during the year — • 
Ohio, Florida, Wyoming and Nevada — with a recount pend- 
ing in Minnesota. Prohiljition was defeated in Missouri and 
California, but ratification legislatures were elected in both 
states. There are at present 31 dry states, not including 
Texas, where a state-wide prohibition law was held by the 
state Supreme Court to be contrary to the constitutional 
provision for local oi^tion. ' 

The situation is certainly pretty bad from the saloon's 
standpoint. It begins to look as if the people were not 
going to reserve any place for the exercise of "personal 
liberty." If this movement keeps going at this rate John 
Barleycorn will soon be crowded off the earth and will be 
compelled to join the Kaiser in seeking "a place in the 
sun. ' ' — Editor. 



THE BRETHREN 




THE BRETHREN PULPfl 



ii^-akell-.23v 
d amd 



The Apostolic Church In Action 



By W. C. Benshoff 



SCRIPTURE : Acts 2:1-8 



No one can give a thoughtful reading to the book of 
Acts without being impressed with' the fact that the Chris- 
tian church during the first century experienced a rapid 
growth. Geographically — the church spread over Judea, 
Samaria, over Asia, and into Europe; its influence was felt 
in all the chief cities from Jerusalem, the city of the chosen 
people, to Rome the capital of the world empire. Numeric- 
ally the number of the company of believers increased from 
one hundred and twenty to many thousands. This phe- 
nomenal growth was realized ii^ the face of strong oppo- 
sition. Satan had met with defeat in his combat with 
Christ. After the ascension, the enemy sought to destroy 
the worlss of the Lord through the persecution of his follow- 
ers. But God is faithful who has promised, and the apostles 
-were true to their trust. There is a secret to this M'onderful 
growth and achievement. It is a profitable study for pres- 
ent day Christians. It is profitable to study those who have 
succeeded in any line. 

The point needs to be strongly emphasized that the 
work of the Christian church is the most important, the big- 
gest work of the present. The church is worthy of our best 
effort. Millions have never heard of Christ. It is the busi- 
ness of the church to give to these the gospel. "Go ye into 
all the world and make disciples of all the nations." 

But is-the church experiencing a growth today in keep- 
ing with her growth during the first century ? Is it claiming 
new territory for Christ in proportion to its intellectual and 
material efficiency, in proportion to its opportunity as it 
did during the days of the apostles? True, the church is ac- 
complishing much. Its influence for the spiritual and moral 
uplift of humanity is apparent. Wherever the gospel is 
being preached there is to be found nursing for the ill ; mer- 
cy, love and compassion for the poor; and salvation for 
the lost. But in the face of all this, the growth of the church 
today does not compare with that of the first century. Con- 
sider the intellectual and financial strength of the church 
of the present day. The body of believers as a whole were 
never better schooled than at the present; the bulk of the 
wealth of this and other lands is to be found in the hands 
of men of the church. BUT HAS THE CHURCH THE 
POWER TO MOVE THE WORLD FOR GOD? Thomas 
Aquinas was once in the presence of the Pope when he was 
counting a large pile of gold. "Thomas," said the Pope, 
"the church can no longer say 'Silver and gold have I 
none';" to which Thomas replied: "No, nor can she longer 
say, ' In the name of Jesus of Nazareth rise up and walk. ' ' ' 

We hear much today about modern methods, we need 
to hear more about primitive practice ; we hear much about 
organization, we need to hear more about absolute sui-render. 
Results are to be obtained not so much through the whirr 
of machinery as through the operation of the Spirit. There 
needs to be a returning to the first principles of discipleship. 

The folloAvers of Christ acted in obedience to the com- 
mand to tarry in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Spirit. 
Note what they might \\a\e done after the ascension. They 
might have gone into Jerusalem and begun preaching Jesus 
as the Messiah. And Avhile this is to be their mission, they 
are not yet ready. These disciples need to be purged. Sel- 
fishness rules their hearts. They have been disputing as to 
who is to be the greatest. They have yet to learn that he 
who would be greatest must be the servant. Further, they 
need to be empowered. They are but men, and man inde- 
pendent of God is helpless in the successful preaching, of the 
gospel. 

These apostles are to begin the most difficult task ever 



undertaken by mortal man, that of making disciples of all 
the nations. Man through his skill and genius can accom- 
plish much in the material world, but to do the work of the 
church, he must be filled Avith the Spirit. There is a ten- 
dency to rush into the work qf the church independent of 
Divine power. Dr. S. D. Gordon points out three essentials 
to the Christian life, "The secret life of prayer, the devotion- 
al life of Bible study and the active life of service." The 
last is most generally engaged in by followers of Christ. 
Many jjeople A\'ork in the church wlio spend but little time 
in the study of the Woi^ and in prayer. And it is often the 
case that much of our service accomplishes but little in rela- 
tion to the great work to be done, largely because it has not 
been preceded by the other two. To tarry, to wait in the 
presence of God means the searching of heai'ts, confession of 
sins, adjusting of differences ; it means the enlarging of the 
vision, the gaining of a truer conception of the mission of 
the church. "These apostles were not endued with power 
from on high, until they were fully imbued with the sense 
of their commission." 

Note, they were all there. This prayer meeting was the 
big event. More important than business, than the lodge, 
than the meeting of the board of directors. Further, they 
were of one accord. "The place is nothing but the accord is 
everything." Perhaps they Avere not of one accord at the 
beginning of this week of prayer. But in Avaiting upon God 
each became harmonized Avith the Divine nature and thus 
AA'ith each other. It Avas upon this collectiA^e. harmonious, 
Avaiting, praying body that the Spirit came Avith great poAA^- 
er. "No man can do a great and enduring Avork for God 
Avho is not a man of prayer, and no man can be a man of 
prayer aa'Iio does not giA'e much time to pi'aying. " — E. M. 
Bounds. 

LTnder the poAver of the Spirit these disciples began to 
speak. They Avere not hindered by timidity or fear. They 
had had an inner experience and it must find expression. 
Many a believer has lo^t much of the grace of God out of 
his heart because he failed to give expression to the things 
he felt under the touch of the Spirit. The^e men had a con- 
viction that Jesus Avas the promised Messiah, others mu^t be 
led to belieA^e. They all began to speak. How different 
from the modern prayer meeting. The prayer meeting of to- 
day differs but little from the preaching serAnce in the num- 
ber participating. The preacher in his teaching and lectur- 
ing occupies the entire time and the laity is satisfied that he 
should do so. This speaking was not a mere .jargon or 
babble. They spake as the Spirit game them utterance; in- 
telligently, understandingly, effectively. A belicA^er's testi- 
mony can be effectiA'e only as it is prompted by the Spirit. 
The matter of meeting for prayer Avas not abandoned on the 
day of Pentecost, but, "They continued steadfastly in the 
apostles' doctrine and felloAvship, and in breaking of bread 
and in prayers." Acts 2:42. 

These folloAvers of Christ made a full and complete sur- 
render of theraseh'-es Avith all they possessed to the Lord. 
The test of a belicA^er's' sincerity is determined by his vn\- 
lingness to sacrifice and his readiness to giA^e. They gave 
their possessions. Acts 4:32-35. Money in the hands of a 
Christian is a determining factor. Clirist still sits over 
against the treasury and Avatches hoAv men contribute. These 
disciples gave themseh^es. They regarded the Christian life 
AA'hat it truly is, a warfare, a struggle, a conflict. And no 
men haA^e ever given themselves more freely for the caiise of 
truth than did these. They feared not persecution, not even 



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death; the only thing they feared was that they might fail 
in the preaching of the gospel. All this they were enabled 
to do, because they were men of CONVICTION. 

The theme of the preaching of these early disciples has 
a vital relation with the phenomenal success. Does it make 
any difference what a man preaches? It did with them. 
" They held themselves rigidly to one theme and that was, 
"Jesus Christ and him crucified." Note just a few in- 
stances. Peter on the day of Pentecost; "Therefore let all 
the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that 
same Jesus, ^vhom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. ' ' 
2:36;_Eead also 3:13-16; 4:10-12; 10:34-43. Stephen said, 
""V^Tiich of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? 
and they have slain them which shewed before the coming 
of the Just One : of whom ye have been now the betrayers 
and murderers." 7:52. Philip, "Then Philip opened his 
mouth and began at the same scripture, and preached i^nto 
him Jesus." 8:35. Paul, "And straightway he preached 
Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God." Also, 
9 :29 ; 13 :23. 

Yes, they preached Jesus. They preached Jesus the 
resurrection from the dead. Read, 4 :2 ; 4 :33 ; 5 :30 ; 10 :40 : 
13 :30, 37. They preached that men must repent as recorded 
in 2 :38 ; 3 :19 and elsewhere. It cost these men something, 
yea much, to preach Jesus. They Avere persecuted, stoned, 
imprisoned, martyred. But these men were faithful and God 
blesped the preaching of the "Word to the spread of the gos- 
pel and to the conversion of thousands. Similar results can 
be obtained through a similar practice. The church of the 
present day needs to wait before God and hear anew the 
Divine commission to save the world. 



THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



Adult Division of the Bible School 

By L. G. Wood 

Having been elected superintendent of this division, at 
oixr last National Conference, perhaps a Avord will not be out 
of place. This is the BIG department of our Sunday school 
work, because it is composed of BIG folks. But please do 
not measure it by avoirdupois. Its members are of matured 
physical poAvers, of largely developed intellectual poAvers, 
and of deepened spiritual poAvers. 

I have the record of 208 organized classes in this divi- 
sion, distributed through districts as follows: Indiana, 65; 
Pennsylvania, 38; Ohio, 34; Kanemorado, 27; Illinois, 26; 
Maryland- Virginia, 9 ; California-Washington, 9. You see 
there is lots of room even at the top so come along Avith 
your classes. If all adult AA^orkers knew of the Avork being 
accomplished by the classes that are "living up to their or- 
ganization," Ave coi;ld haA^e double that number in the next 
year. 

Why Organize Classes in the Adult Division? 

1. Because of the bigness of the Avork to be done and 
the unused talent for the doing of that Avork. Here is the 
brain and brawn of the church, and certainly it should be 
harnessed for achicA'cment in this reconstructive period that 
is now upon us. Our day calls loudly for executive ability, 
in the Avork of the Kingdom. 

2. Organization does not take the place of the Holy 
Spirit, but it furnishes system, channel and consecration 
for his operation. I Avould not ask a class to organize, at the 
expense of dependence upon the Holy Spirit, but for the 
conservation of his energy. You Avould not undertake to 
run a great machine by hand, but you Avould throAv the 
IcA^er and connect it to the dynamo. See that your class is 
energized, as Avell as organized. 

3. Organization distributes responsibility. The old 
time Sunday school class Avas entirely dependent upon the 



teacher for its success or its failure ; but not so in organized 
class, for every member is put to Avork and made responsi- 
ble for a part of the work. The organized class has been 
the means of many persons discovering themselves, and 
thereby, the discovery of their life work. 

4. It inspires by a greater outlook and to a greater 
activity. It also cultivates a healthy co-operation. The in- 
diAddual is a part of the class, the class is a part of the 
school, the school is a part of the state and national asso- 
ciation, and this a part of a Avorld moA^ement. 

5. It makes personal Avork both easy and definite, for 
in your class, your personal Avork for others is "team Avork." 
"The class that is not out for business, has no business to 
be out" (Marion LaAvrence). 

"Keep your heads in the clouds and see the entire human 
race, but keep your feet on the ground and go after the in- 
dividual. " (W. C. Pearce). 

Brethren, organize your classes, secure your internation- 
al certificate, and send to the Avriter for your denomination- 
al seal, and it will be forthcoming. 



White Gifts of Victory and Peace 

The following "White Gifts" have been received al- 
ready, in the order given below: 

Dayton, Ohio, $ 90.00 

Waynesboro, Pa., 6.43 

Oakville, Ind., 15.88 

UniontoAvn, Pa 91.69 

Philadelphia, Third, Pa., 11.00 

New Lebanon, Ohio, ' 28.00 

Muncie, Ind. 13.00 

Denver, Ind., 3.50 

Total $259.50 

The first check received came from the Dayton school 
and is just 100 percent better than last year. The second 
from Waynesboro, is just 44 percent better than last year; 
The third, from Oakville, is just 230 percent better than last 
year. 

All of the above are practically equal to or more than 
the amounts given last year except one. 

That certainly is a fine start. If all the other schools 
report amounts proportionally good to those received, Ave 
Avill keep Brethi'en Carpenter, Drushal and Cook smiling 
for the next nine months. ALBERT TRENT, 

General Secretary-Treasurer. 



Reports on the Challenge 

Muncie, Indiana, December 28. 
Dear Editor: The Muncie Brethren Sunday School has ac- 
cepted the four month challenge of the Waterloo Brethren 
Sunday School. I hope we are not too late. 

Yours for Victory, 
1209 S. Shipley St. ORA C. PAUL, Superintendent. 

January 1, 1919. 
The First Brethren Sunday school of JohnstoAvn, Pa., 
accepts the Waterloo Challenge. 

ALBERT TRENT, Superintendent. 



Whatever else a church may have, loyalty is the soul of 
church efficiency as well as of religion. 



Nothing is so ruinous as a lifeless profession. God has 
no enemy, and Satan no tool, like the zealous professor of 
of Christian diseipleship Avhose life is not actually directed 
and sustained by the indAvelling Son of God.— John Dickie, 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



MISSIONS 

A Great Opportunity — Foreign Mission Work at Home 

By A. L. DeLozier 



AlTiiost every one is indulging in some 
prophetic mood these days. These are sur- 
prise days. We stand almost breathlessly 
waiting to see what will come next. The im- 
agination goes wild at times in contemplation 
of what may be. Being human myself, I too 
take the liberty to ' ' dip into the future. ' ' 

As 1 looi, I see the greatest opportunity 
in the history of Christianity, and I covet 
for the Brethren church a preparation to meet 
that opportunity. Lloyd George cried: 
"Ships! Ships! more ships!" and the Unit- 
ed States answered with the Hog Island pro- 
ject. I cry: "Languages! Languages! more 
languages!" and I should like to be answered 
by a score of our young people who will elect 
to study Italian, French, Spanish and other 
tongues. This war has broken down the 
barriers. We shall see in our midst more 
Mexicans, South Americans and Europeans. 
Indeed I am seeing them alreadj'. Who is 
going to be the most attractive North Amer- 
ican to these peoples? Obviously the man 



who knows their language and can lead them 
on to better things. 

Other churches are seeing this vision and 
preparing for it; especially, the Catholic 
church. Is the Brethren church going to sit 
idly by and when the opportunity comes, 
stand off and see the other churches reap a 
harvest while we are helpless? I trust not, 
I hope not, I PRAY not. 

We as a church need to remind ourselves, 
not only on this point, but on many otHers, 
of the words of Shakespease: "There is a 
tide in the affairs of men, which taken at 
the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all 
the voyage of their life is bound in shallows 
and in miseries; and we must take the cur- 
rent when it serves, or lose our ventures." 

Young people of the Brethren church, I 
challenge you! Are you going to be equal to 
this opportunity? You can't go wrong on 
language preparation because the demand for 
such teachers in the high schools and colleges 
is greater than ever before. The writer who 



now teaches French and Latin in the Allen- 
town High Shcool, has had other language 
teaching positions challenge him in the same 
city. 

Why can 't we have Brethren young men 
and women who will teach languages in our 
public schools, preparatory schools and col- 
leges, and with their margin of time engage 
in "Foreign Mission Work at Home?" This 
could be done under the supervision of the 
pastors of some of our city churches where 
such opportunities exist. Such workers would 
be well supported without cost to our mis- 
sion boards and would be getting the theor- 
etical and the practical of the language at 
the same time. A more fascinating piece of 
work is not to bff conceived under the sun, 
and it beats the Kaiser's coveted place in the 
sun too. 

Young people of the Brethren church, if 
you want to plan big, I herewith challenge 
you to this greatest of all coming oppor- 
tunities! 

Adios por esta vez. 



THE ACID TEST OF STEWARDSHIP 

Mission Boards Considering United Financial Campaign 



The Mission Boards of the Christian 
churches of North America are considering a 
plan to submit the claims of missions to the 
"acid test" of stewardship on a combined 
basis and on a scale, commensurate with the 
needs and opportunities of reconstruction 
times ahead. 

This was discussed quietly, prayerfully but 
enthusiastically at an all day conference held 
at 25 Madison Avenue, New York City, on 
December 17, 1918, attended by over 134 rep- 
resentatives of the home and foreign mission 
boards of North America and of affiliated in- 
terdenominational movements. 

This weighty conference was called by Dr. 
James I. Vance, as Chairman of the Foreign 
Mission Board of the Presbyterian church in 
the United States, who presided, and outlined 
the far-re%ching proposal for a united cam- 
paign on behalf of the missionary and benev- 
olent work of the evangelical churches of 
the whole North American continent. 

A thorough discussion followed in which 
these missionary leaders took part, among 
others: Dr. Robert E. Speer of the Presby- 
terian Board; Dr. S. Earl Taylor of the Cen- 
tenary Movement of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church; Dr. Wm. Hiram Foulkes of the Pres 
byterian New Era Movement; Dr. Fred P 
Haggard of the National Committee of Nor 
thern Baptist Laymen; President J. Camp 
bell White of the College of Wooster; Mr 
Charles A. Rowland, and Mrs. Wm. F. Mc 
Dowell. 

The following resolutions were passed: 

Moved, that it be the sense of this meet- 
ing that there should be a united campaign 
in behalf of the missionary and benevolent 
work of the evangelical churches of North 
America as represented by their organized 



national boards or agencies and such affili- 
ated interdenominational agencies as it may 
be found wise to include after further con- 
ference. 

Moved, that the chair appoint a committee 
of fifteen, of which the chair shall be one, for 
the purpose of preparing a plan to be submit- 
ted to the Home Missions Council and the 
Foreign Missions Conferenec in January, 1919. 

Moved, that this committee be requested 
to arrange if possible for a Joint Meeting of 
the Home Missions Council and Foreign Mis- 



sions Conference and such other agencies as 
would naturally be involved when a plan as 
presented by this committee and as revised by 
the conferences may be submitted for final 
approval. 

This proposal though tentative as yet 
marks an advance on the road to that prac- 
tical unity which must mark the future pol- 
icies of the Christian church if it is to real- 
ize and exert its potential influence in the 
work of world reconstruction on the basis of 
a genuinely Christianized democracy. 



A Short Sermon on Love 



The following beautiful sentiments, trans- 
lated from the French, constitute a sermon, 
which is worthy of the close attention of 
every reader: 

' ' You have only a day to spend here on 
earth; act in such a manner that you may 
spend it in peace. 

"Peace is the fruit of love; for, in order 
to live in peace, we must bear with a great 
many things. 

"None is perfect; each has his failings, 
each hangs upon the other, and love alone 
renders that weight light. 

"If you cannot bear with your brother, 
how will he bear with you? 

"It is written of the Son of Mary, that 
'having loved his own which were in the 
world, he loved them unto the end.' 

' ' For that reason, love your brother, who is 
in the world, and love him unto the end. 

"Love is indefatigable; it never grows 
weary. Love is inexhaustible; it lives and is 
born anew in the giving, and the more it 
pours itself out, the fuller its fountain. 

"Whosoever loves himself better than he 



loves his brother, is not worthy of Christ, 
who died for his brothers. Have you given 
away everything you possess? Go and give 
up your life, also, if needed! 

' ' Verily I say unto you, the heart of a man 
that loves is a paradise on earth. He has 
God within him, for God is love! 

"The wicked man loves not, he covets; he 
hungers and thirsts for everything; his eyes, 
like unto the eyes of a serpent, fascinate and 
allure, but only to devour. 

' ' Love rests at the bottom of every pure 
soul, like a drop of dew in the calyx of a 
flower. Oh, if you knew what it is to love! " 



Sometime ago one of the Y. M. C. A. sec- 
retaries in Mesopotamia wrote that he was 
giving letters of introduction to soldiers who 
wished to see mission work; for there are 
many men keen on seeing what they have of- 
ten heard of and subscribed to. In India 
also the soldiers are given opportunities of 
getting glimpses of mission work. Many of 
our boys, when they return will surprise us 
with their grasp of missions. Perhaps we 
had better do a little brushing up. 



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J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



G. C. Carpenter 

SECRETARY 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR AND THE . . 
SUNDAY SCHOOL 

As announced in last iveek's notes, Janu- 
ary is our Sunday .Scliool month. The articles 
which follow wore written by specialists: the 
one a former pastor and now secretary of 
young people 's work in his own denomina- 
tion; the other is Field Secretary of the Illi- 
nois Christian Endeavor Union and a Sunday 
school superintendent. Thus neither depenjs 
on theory, but both write from practical ex- 
perience, giving us the viewpoint of both the 
minister and layman. 

In the late Ohio Convention we heard Mr. 
Gates emphasize most of the points included 
in the plan of co-operation outlined below, and 
are glad to publish the fuller statement at 
this time. A careful study of it will help 
our workers to correlate the work of the two 
departments; the teaching school and the 
training societj', so that one may complement 
the work of the other in the interest of the 
entire church. 

J. A. GARBEE. 



THE TWIN SISTERS OT THE CHXIRCH 

BY REV. CLAUDE E. HILL 

The Sunday school is the church at work 
teaching the Word of God. The whole church 
should be in the Sunday school, for it is the 
duty and privilege of the whole church to 
teach the whole gospel to the whole world. 
Christian Endeavor has always been vitally 
interested in the work of the Sunday school. 
The majority of all the teachers are now, or 
have been, active Endeavorers. Well organ- 
ized Endeavor Societies have a Sunday school 
committee, whose sole duty it is to increase 
the interest and attendance of the school. 
There is no overlapping or duplication between 
the Sunday school and the Endeavor society. 
They occupy distinct, and separate fields. Or- 
ganized adult classes cannot do the work of 
the Endeavor society, and the Endeavor soci- 
ety cannot do the work of the organized 
class. There is abundant room and an im- 
perative need for each in every well organ- 
ized and efficient church. The Sunday school 
teaches the Word of God. That is its pri- 
mary function. There are social activities 
connected with every efficient Sunday school. 
There is an element of training in its work. 
But it can never train in service and lead 
young people to apply knowledge and exer- 
cise their gifts and talents as can the Endea- 
vor Society. The Sunday school, in its con- 
stitution and organization, is fitted to teach. 
The Endeavor Society, in its constitution and 
organization, is fitted to train. There is an 
element of teaching in the work of the Endea- 
vor Society, but it must be remembered that 
it is not primarily a teaching organization. It 
exists to train and lead young people to make 
use of the knowledge they have acquired. 
The Endeavor Society complements and makes 
effective the work done by the Sunday school. 
It is needless to say that there should be the 
Utmost sympathy and co-operation between 



these two great agencies in the church. Each 
should minister to the growth and efficiency 
of the other. A Avell-managed Sunday school 
makes for an efficient Endeavor Society; and 
creates a demand for it; and an efficient En- 
deavor Society will make for a larger and 
better Sunday school. Both are needed in the 



church. They should grow and prosper to- 
gether. It is all the Lords' Work, and in the 
Service of Christ there is not only room for 
all, but glory enough for all., May the bless- 
ing of God be upon these "Twin Sisters of 
the Church," and may each prove a help and 
a blessing to the other. 



A PROPOSED PLAN OF CORRELATION 

By Mr. E. P. Gates 



January, 1919, is to be observed as Sunday 
School Month by Christian Endeavor societies 
and Sunday schools all over America. A 
national campaign has been launched by the 
trustees and field secretaries of the United 
Society of Christian Endeavor with the pur- 
pose of emphasizing definite ways in which 
the Sunday school and the Christian Endeavor 
society may help each other. Prominent Sun- 
day school workers are co-operating heartily 
in the plan. 

Suggestions for the campaign are as fol- 
lows: 

A. How Christian Endeavor Can Help the 

Sunday School 

1. Make sure that every Endeavorer is 
enrolled in the Sunday School and is regular 
in attendance. 

2. Organize a substitute teachers' class to 
study the lesson one week in advance of the 
regular school and be prepared to take clases 
at a moment's notice. 

3. Organize a Teacher Training Class. If 
one is already organized, recruit members for 
it. 

4. Put on a specail campaign for new Sun- 
day School scholars. Conduct a community 
census. Make a house-to-house canvass. 

5. The Lookout Committee may help the 
busy teachers follow up absenteen scholars, 
and organize a personal workers' group to 
win scholars for Christ. 

6. The Prayer Meeting Committee may as- 
sist in the opening devotional exercises of 
the school. 

7. The Missionary Committee may promote 
a campaign of missionary education in the 
school, including a series of five-minute mis- 
cials for classes or departments of the school. 

S. The Social Committee may provide so- 
sionary talks. 

9. Raise a special fund to purchase needed 
equipment for the school: maps, blackboards, 
Bibles, etc. 

10. Ask the superintendent what he wants 
the Christian Endeavor society to do and 
then do it. 

B. How the Sunday School Can Help Chris- 

tian Endeavor 
1. Allow five minutes in the opening exer- 
cises of the school during January for short 
talks to the scholars on the importance of 
joining the Christian Endeavor society. One 
of these talks might be by a successful busi- 
ness man who is a former Endeavorer, one by 
the Sunday School Superintendent or a popu- 
lar teacher. On one Sunday a "quartette" 
from the Christian Endeavor society might 
give one-minute talks on "What Christian 



Endeavor Has Done for Me." Let the Inter- 
mediate society present a brief dialogue on 
one Sunday. Close the series with a decision 
service conducted by the pastor, on Sunday, 
February 2, Christian Endeavor Day, at which 
time an opportunity will be given every Sun- 
day School scholar to enroll in Christian En- 
deavor. 

2. Offer a pennant, lettered with the class 
name, to every class 100 percent, of whose 
members are regular in attendance at Chris- 
tian Endeavor. 

3. Announce Christian Endeavor meetings 
enthusiastically in the Sunday School. 

4. Co-operate with Christian Endeavor 
leaders and the pastor in securing superin- 
tendents for Junior and Intermediate societies. 

5. Offer a prize for the pest poster, made 
by a member of the school, advertising the 
Christian Endeavor society. Offer a prize for 
the best essay by a member of the school on 
' ' AVhy Sundaj' School Scholars Should Be Ac- 
tive in Christian Endeavor. 

6. Pay the erpenses of one or more mem- 
bers of the school to a Christian Endeavor 
convention or summer conference. 

7. Appoint a committee to work out with 
the Christion Endeavor leaders a unified edu- 
cational program. Such a plan will insure, 
for example, that the Bible memory work of 
the Junior society will supplement that of the 
Junior department in the Sunday School and 
that the mission study plans of the Interme- 
diate and Young People 's societies will be 
promoted in harmony with the plans of the 
Sunday School. 

C. How to Promote the Campaign 

1. State, district, county and city union 
officers should see that a copy of thes sug- 
gestions is placed in the hands of every pas- 
tor, Sunday School superintendent and C. E. 
society president. 

2. Local church workers should see that a 
campaign committee is appointed at once, 
representing the pastor, the official board of 
the church, and the Christian Endeavor so- 
cieties. This committee should decide what 
special features of the campaign arc to bo 
pushed and plan ways of promoting them. It 
is not intended that all the the suggestions 
given above should be carried out during Jan- 
uary. If the Sunday School devotes its en- 
ergy for the first month to enrolling the schol- 
ars in Christian Endeavor, and the C. E. so- 
ciety successfully promotes one feature of its 
program, this will give an effective start to a 
year of hearty co-operation. 

3. If there are no Junior or Intermediate 

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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



A PRESSING APPEAL 

The following from Brother Drushal should 
bring a teacher, and by all means some one 
who can teach music and play the piano, for 
Eivcrside must not be without music. 

"Dear Brother Carpenter: Since last writ- 
ing you, prospects are booming. Better than 
we had even thought. We ought to have a 
teacher who can teach music, and must have 
a teacher for the lower grades. We hope a 
nurse will be here soon too. Must have a 
nurse by all moans." 

The Eiverside workers and others are 
praying earnestly that the Lord will send 
forth the needed help into the harvest fields 
that are white. Surely some of our readers 
will help to answer the earnest prayers by 
saying, "Here am I, send me." 

A Teacher for Krypton 

By all means there should be a subscrip- 
tion school at Krypton for three or four 
months, and it should begin at once. Ken- 
tucky teachers' certificates are not necessary 
for either school. Who will go? Write at 
once. ^ Barrel of Money 

In a recent Evangelist appeared the an- 
nouucimient of the arrival of "Paul James 
Cook," and with it the suggestion that he 
111' placed on the Christmas lists of our read- 
ers. "The Little Brown Church" had the 
' iippy thought of sending to Paul James a 
liarrd of money. It was a gilded barrel and 
'■'.a.« taxed to its capacity, seventy-five new 
'■o'd pinnies filling the center and silver oc- 
cupying each end. The father writes: "Paul 
luis more money than his Dad." If his fath- 
er had a barrel of money it is hard to tell 
what he would do. Tell the people of the 
"Little Brown Church," Paul will come to 
pr ach for thrni sometime: I hope." 
A Man Killed 

Bro'h r Cook writes that they had a fine 
Clir'st as s;'rvice on Christmas eve, but that 
nil ("" r's'mas day a man was killed in Kryp- 
■(111, I' iir; struck by a train. Drink was the 
'-.I'ls . as usual. 

December Receipts 

S. S. C. E., Nnppanee, Ind., $ 5.00 

Golden Hour Bible Class, Nappanee, 

Ind., 3.00 

Sunday School, Uniontown, Pa., ... 10.00 

Mrs. Guy Pittengrr, Wooster, O., 2.00 

Brethren Church, B rlin, Pa., 25.00 

Mrs. Walter Ma.\son, r.lkhart, Ind.,.. 10.00 
Brethren Church, Masontown, Pa., . . 20.00 
Howard L. Mauzy, Warsaw, Ind., . . . 5.00 
Men's Bible Class, Huntington, Ind., 5.00 
Miss Elizabeth Gnagey, Chicago, 111., 5.00 
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rinehart, Flora, 

Ind., 25.00 

C. E. Society, Flora, Ind., 15.00 

M. W. and Angeline Eikenberry, Ko- 

komo, Ind., 6.00 

J. Warren Eikenberry, Kokomo, Ind., 1.00 
Mrs. B. F. Oram, Logansport, Ind., . . 5.00 
Pliny E. Oram, Logansport, Ind., .... 5.00 
First Brethren Church, Hagerstown, 

Md., 10.00 

C. E. Society, N. Manchester, Ind.,.. 5.00 
Mr. and Mrs. Henry V. Wall, Long 

Beach, Calif., 200.00 

S. S. C. E., First Church, Phila., Pa., 15.00 



Krypton Brethren Churcli gn Brother 

Cooks ' salary, 69.00 

Sunday School, Middlebranch, O., ... 10.00 
Miss Lena Schubiger, Frenchtown, 

N. J., 3.5(1 

Mrs. Matilda C. Antram, New Salem, 

Pa., 5.00 

W. S. Angell, Portis, Kans., 10.00 

Chas. Berkeybile, Mifflin, Pa., lO.Oo 

Mrs. W. N. Grubb, Ashland, Oregon, 5.00 

Mrs. Ella Eace, Pittstown, N. J., 5.00 

Mrs. Edwin C. Hackett, Hampton, 

N. J., 2.00 

Vienna E. Hackett, Hampton, N. J., 2.40 
Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Williams, El- 
mer, N. J. (Liberty Bond), 50.00 

First Brethren Church, Eoanoke, Ind., 5.00 

Mrs. Lillie Warren, Silver Lake, Ind., 5.00 

Mrs. W. H. Yagel, Kunkle, O., 2.00 

S. S. C. E., Lanark, 111., 5.00 

S. S. C. E., Dayton, O., 10.00 

Loyal Helper 's Class, Waterloo, Iowa, 10.00 
Mrs. Mary A. Snyder, Glover Gap, W. 

■ Va., 5.00 

G. C. CAEPENTER. 



NORTH LIBERTY, INDIANA 

I always consider it a privilege to report 
the work in the part of the Lord's vineyard 
over which he hath made me overseer. As 
pastor and people we want to testify to the 
leading of the Holy Spirit in these days and 
we are learning to trust him more and more 
as the days come and go. While we have 
passed through some sad e.^periences, yet 
through it all we are still praising him for 
his wonderful goodness and his saving grace. 

The pastor held a brief series of meetings 
during the month of November. The effort 
was especially to revive the membership, 
since the field has been so thoroughly gleaned 
in time past. Two men, both heads of fam- 
ilies were added to the Lord during these 
days. 

The attendance and interest at all of our 
services are excellent, and I cannot see but 
that we are just about where we were be- 
fore the epidemic struck us. We have met all 
our obligations and responded to every ap- 
peal made by the church at large. We went 
over nicely for Home Missions at Thanksgiv- 
ing time, contributing at the fate of 30 cents 
per member. At Christmas time without any 
special effort the Sunday school gave nearly 
$22.00 for National Sunday school work, and 
the following Sunday over $21.00 for Arme- 
nian and Syrian relief work. And so we 
forge ahead thoroughly missionary in faith 
and practice. 

We rejoice in being successful in placing 
the Evangelist in 47 homes in the congrega- 
tion, which is possibly thirty more than dur- 
ing any previous year. I am hoping for the 
time wnen this part of our church program 
will be carried out in every congregation in 
the brotherhood. And it is not such a terri- 
ble task after all, brethren, just a little ex- 
tra gasoline is required, that 's all. 

We are planning for advances along var- 
ious lines. The month of January will be 
observed in North Liberty and vicinity as 
" Go-to-Church Month," A systematic effort 



will be put forth by the various churchea. Wa 
expect splendid results from the effort. We 
shall start a Teacher Training class too, early 
in the new year. j 

Our plans for evangelistic meetings away | 

from home have been seriously hindered. We j 

hope however, to hold at least one meeting 
away before spring. 

I shall not close without mentioning the 
kindness of the Brethren at Christmas time. 
A goodly number came to spend Christmas 
eve at the parsonage, bringing useful and 
valuable gifts, among which was $5.00 in 
gold for Mrs. Grisso and a beautiful Bible 
for the pastor. We shall ever cherish these 
gifts and seek to prove ourselves worthy. 

May the Lord keep us all true and faithful 
to the great Head of the church until he 
comes to reign with his saints. 

Yours under the precious Blood, 

C. CLARENCE GEISSO. 



DELMARVA PENINSULA 

As an inducement to change my plans for 
the West, and to return to help Baltimore 
through the starting season, the president of 
the mission board granted me the privilege of 
complying with the request of Brother Bow- 
man to help him in the revival effort in my 
home church, Ridgely, Maryland, which is 
across the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore. 
It is the only Brethren church on the East- 
ern shore of Maryland, or on the entire Pen- 
insula of Del-mar-va (named after the three 
states out of which it is formed. ' ' Shall the 
doors of this lone church be closed?" This 
has been asked of me on my short visits home. 
To say ' ' No, ' ' meant to be ready to help 
them in their first move to hold a meeting. 
No revival meeting had been held here for 
over six years and no preaching services for 
over six months. 

With only a two weeks ' meeting, the evan- 
gelist could not be expected to reach much 
beyond the church. The eight baptized were 
mainly from the Sunday school class of girls, 
some of them in high school. 

The prophetic messages given by Brother 
Bowman were the drawing feature for outsid- 
ers. Some of them remembered when he last 
held a meeting here, about fifteen years ago, 
that he indicated from prophecy, that there 
would be a war at this time naming the most 
of the nations involved^ The banker of the 
town attended regularly and the Methodist 
preacher had planned to attend, but was called 
to a camp in Kentucky. 

What an unequalled opportunity for Breth- 
ren preachers to sound the clear note of 
Kingdom tidings! Is any evangelist doing his 
divine duty who is not giving the miflnight 
cry to awake? "When ye see these things 
come to pass, know ye that the Kingdom of 
God is night?" 

VIANNA DETWILER. 

STILL ON TOP AT ROCHESTER, IND. 

For some time I have been thinking of 
writing to the Evangelist to let the readers 
know that the old world is still in operation. 
We, like the rest, have been bothered with 
the well known "flu." But in spite of this 



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I can say we are still pressing forward at 
Tiosa and New Paris. Some weeks ago when 
I went to New Paris, I was visited in the 
evening at the home of Brother Clay Fadges' 
by the church with a large donation. It was 
a surprise ' to me, but was accepted with 
many thanks. Our church there has been 
closed for about five weeks on account of the 
"flu." We are hoping to go there again 
next Sunday. I can say for ?Tew Paris 
church that there is as fine a people there as 
any one would want to preach to. It is not 
as large as some churches, but always steady 
and true. When you hear any one say any 
harm of New Paris, be sure you know it be- 
fore you believe. Then the old war horse, 
Tiosa, here they got the best of my wife 
and I the other evening. We had a Christ- 
mas entertainment on Christmas evening, and 
continued services the rest of the week. On 
Friday evening after services Brother Oscar 
Scott took me down to the basement, saying 
he wanted a talk with me in regard to Sun- 
day school work. When we got there, I found 
about $30.00 worth of good eats. And sever- 
al people who were not there said more was 
coming. So, watch the preacher grow. Well 
thanks for it all. This makes a man feel 
like his work was not in vain when such 
free will gifts like this are given by both 
churches. Then on Saturday evening we held 
our Communion services. About 40 were 
present. As we said the "flu" still bothers 
us some. One of the most beautiful sights at 
this service was that of my second daughter, 
Euby, age 6, obeying the command of Christ, 
in washing another's feet. She was baptized 
when 5 years old and is Brethren all the way 
through. Glory to our God, forever and ever. 
Somehow this stirred me more than anything 
for some time, and I think I will be a better 
man than ever before. May the Lord bless 
the entire brotherhood. 

OEA E. OXLEY. 



FAIR HAVEN, OHIO 

It is only occasionally that an article ap- 
pears in the columns of the Evangelist re- 
specting the work at Fair Haven. The fault 
lies with the pastor, and does not mean that 
the church is dead. On the contrary, it is 
alive, aggressive and generous. When a 
minister is attending school and preaching 
every Sunday, there are many things that oc- 
cupy his time and make it almost impossible 
for him to write church news. The poet has 
said, ' ' New occasions teach new duties, ' ' and 
that is the motive that impels us to write at 
this time. . Two faithful members of the 
Fair Haven church drove twelve miles through 
the rains and mud, and arrived at our home in 
Asniand on January 1, 1919. What was their 
mission? Why, they brought a wagon loaded 
with good things to eat. Here are some of 
the items: Five and one-half sacks of flour, 
corn meal, six bushels of potatoes, cabbage, 
squash, apples, several crocks of lard, atple 
butter, jellies, canned goods, dried corn, sugar, 
coffee, soap, chickens and $2.0 J cash. Those 
who read this article will no doubt say that 
such a donation must have made the reoeiv- . 
ers happy. Well, it certainly did. Even my 
three little boys expressed themselves in such 
a way that there could be no doubt that 
they appreciated it. They remembered that 



the same thing happened last year, too. Each 
former Fair Haven minister that reads this 
item will remember that during his adminis- 
tration donations of like manner were given 
to them. The custom is old, and yet new. It 
requires new energy each year to collect eat- 
ables and travel twelve miles through the mud 
and rain. We appreciate your untiring efforts, 
brethren, and we thank you and all those who 
ga\e. It is a fine Christian spirit, and is en- 
couraging to a minister that has been hinder- 
ed from his work the last four Sundays on 
account of the ' ' Spanish Influenza. ' ' 

These people also sought to keep in touch 
with us by telephone to know whether we had 
ben stricken by the terrible malady that has 
ravaged the world. It is a pleasure to work 
with such people. My one desire is, that God 
may endow me with grace and wisdom to 
render the service necessary that will enrich 
their lives as well as all to whom I may min- 
ister this year. 

Again, the Fair Haven congregation is ag- 
gressive in church work. It is the ambition 
of these people to reach all the goals stipu- 
lated in the "Four-Year Program." They are 
going by leaps and bounds and it will take 
more than the " flu " to stop them. Anyway, 
the " flu " cannot prevent consecration, and 
that will win. These people are consecrated 
and I am confident. People who subscribe 
to all that is good, give liberally to the ' ' Unit- 
ed War Work," and sacrifice their sons for 
the safety of democracy and yet have a large 
portion of money and consecration left for 
the work of the Lord are going "over the 
top. ' ' Such is the spirit of the membership 
of Fair Haven. 

BENJ. F. OWEN. 



TO THE CHUECHES OF OHIO 

The following apportionments were made 
for the churches to be paid quarterly. The 
first quarter ending June 30th, 1918: 

Ashland, $30.00 

Ankenytown, 9.00 

Bear Creek, 10.00 

Bethesda, 6.00 

Bryan, 17.00 

Buckeye City, 3.00 

Camden, 2.00 

Canton, 7.00 

Columbus, 3.00 

Dayton, 30.00 

Fair Haven, 15.00 

Fair View, 14.00 

Fremont, 5.00 

Fostoria, 1.00 

Baracca, ; 5.00 

Bethel, 5.0') 

Gratis, 22.00 

Gretna, 10.00 

Honiersville, 6.00 

Louisville, 14.00 

Mt. Zion, 1.00 

Mansfield, 3.00 

Miamisburg, 5.00 

Middlebranch, 6.00 

New Lebanon, 8.00 

North Georgetown, 5.00 

North Liberty, 2.00 

Pleasant Hill, 12.00 

Eittman, 2.00 

Salem, 8.00 

West Alexandria, 15.00 



Williamstown, 10.00 

Zion Hill, 8.00 

Amount received, $.")()!).0n 

Amount Due, DOO.OO 

Knowing the calls that ha\ e conic from 
many sources for funds to continue the war, 
and that many churches have been closed on 
account of the influenza, wo ha\ c been re- 
luctant to r ake an appeal for fum's- But 
che poor pastor and his family at tlu' . ission 
point may have had a struggle equally as 
great as any of us, and is looking for his 
amount of the "hire" which he has .so .iustly 
earned. 

Any amount however small will he thank 
fully received. Fraternaly, 

E. F. MILLER, Secretary. 
Bellefontaine, Ohio, R. No. 1. 



CAMPAIGN NOTES 



Our canvass in the Waynesboro church was 
a real pleasure and the results were highly 
satisfactory. I preached there Friday and 
Saturday nights of December 20lh and 2isl, 
also on Sunday morning of the 'Snd. Our 
Waynesboro congregation is only about JO 
years old, and my visit there in the iniorest 
of endowment was my first opporuiiiity to 
meet our people there or to see their work. 
And I must say, I found a remarkable 
strength and stability there for a work so 
young. As a matter of fact the result attniu- 
ed for endowment in the young Waynesboro 
church is almost if not altogether sufficient 
to make some of our older congregations look 
a little bit "sheepish" over what ihcy have 
done. But it has occurred to me thuc per- 
haps the fire, and the zeal, and the venture 
which is characteristic of young people is 
also characteristic of young churches. MayWe 
as congregations get older they lose their 
snap, and their hopefulness, and their ven- 
ture just as folks do with the approach of 
years. Anyhow I am proud of Waynesboro. 

Brother Marcus Witter is pastor of 1h's 
flock. He has given to this field a lona;, 
faithful service, and if my sense of discern- 
ment is to be relied on at all his people love 
him as much now as they did in the early 
stages of his pastorate among them. This 
fact does not need any comment. It e\'p!aius 
itself. And I am sure I can safely say that 
to Brother Witter belongs most of the credit 
for putting the Waynesboro congregation on 
the map. What has been accomplished here 
is a fine example of what can be done when 
a man settles down seriously to his job and 
sticks everlastingly to it, in the meantime 
faithfully backing up his preaching with his 
life. 

Waynesboro went $1,500. The people re- 
sponded with the finest spirit. In this church 
I found another man who joined the $500 
class, and a man, by the way, who has not 
been in the Brethren church very long, but 
covets for the Brethren church a future, and 
who is abundantly able to see how important 
is Ashland College if we are to have a fu- 
ture. I shall always remember the pleasant 
days I spent with Brother Witter during the 
canvass and the thorough co-operation he 
gave me. It was a joy to visit his home and 
his family. I shall always remember with 
gratitude the cordial treatment extended to 
me in the home of Brother and Sister Victor 



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Koontz. May God richly bless all the good 
people whom I met in the Waynesboro church, 
and may he prosper the cause which they 
represent. 

Now then, this will be the last report from 
Pennsylvania for the time being. It will be 
observed that the mercury has been placed at 
$65,000. This means that the Pennsylvania 
churches are credited wtih $40,000 to the 
cause of endowment. However, someone will 
add up the list of gifts from Pennsylvania 
churches as they appear in this issue and say 
that those gifts do not total $40,000. No, 
I'll grant it. It lacks a trifle more than 
$1,000 to make it even $40,000. But' I want 
to say that the gift from Brother George 
Paul of the 40-acre fruit farm in Florida and 
the city lot is not counted in this result at 
all. And it will therefore be seen that at 
the most conservative possible estimate of 
the value of this farm and lot, the Pennsyl- 
vania result belongs at $40,000 and more. And 
not only so, but there remain four of the 
smaller Pennsylvania congregations to can- 
vass yet, and it will not surprise me if those 
four churches make up the necessary $1,000 
in order to round out the $40,000. And if they 
do Brother Paul's gift will stand as that 
much above $40,000 for Pennsylvania. lu 
the face of a record like that I propose "All 
hats off to Pennsylvania." I do not believe 
I hear a dissenting voice. Surely this is a 
record which gives occasion for just pride 
among the churches of the Keystone state. 
And for the Brethren people of Pennsylvania 
and their pastors, I have only words of 
praise. May God richly use and bless our 
churches of old Pennsylvania! 

Maybe I lack in faith, but I question if 
any other state or district in the brotherhood 
will go beyond this record. True, from the 
standpoint of membership some states and dis- 
tricts may do better than this. But it is evi- 
dent that if they do they shall have to get up 
early in the morning and hurry some. Of 
course, with the Conemaugh church it is dif- 
ferent. Up to this time Conemaugh church 
holds the banner among the congregations, 
with a result of over $5,100 to her credit. 
If Conemaugh will continue to hold this ban- 
ner remains to be seen. Personally I will say 
that if I were in the place of Pastor L. Gar- 
vin Smith I would be a trifle uneasy about 
my banner. I have a strong suspicion that 
some other churches have determined to go 
up the flag pole and bring down Conemaugh 's 
banner. And all will consent that I would 
be a strange solicitor if I did not say to all 
■«uch churches, "Go to it. 1 hope you win 
out. " But in fairness to Smith I will say 
this, that his interest in the final success of 
this campaign is such that he will rejoice if 
a half dozen churches do better than his con- 
gregation did. 

I had hoped to be able to announce in this 
article that our next report would come from 
churches in Illiokota. It was our full inten- 
tion to take up the work next in that dis- 
trict. However, we have information that 
at least Cerro Gordo is under quarantine on 
account of the "flu," and that it is still bad 
at other pieces where I must go; and besides, 
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ENDOWMENT 



interfere with my work. Hence, it is unlike- 
ly I shall try to finish the churches of Indi- 
ana at this time. W. H. BEACHLER, 

Campaign Secretary. 

Endowment Fund Subscriptions by Pennsyl- 
vania Congregations 

Allentown, Pa 775 00 

Berlin, Pa 1 200 00 

Downey, Pa 200 00 

Maple Grove, Pa 100 00 

Masontown, Pa 2 765 00 

Moxham, Pa 700 00 

Bunker Hill 108 00 

Liberty 232 00 

Yellow Creek 318 00 

New Enterprise 663 00 

Martinsburff, Pennsylvania 850 00 

McKees, Pennsylvania 1 000 00 

Altoona, Pennsylvania 2 200 00 

Conemaugh, Pennsylyania 5 133 50 

Morrellville, Pa $ 400 00 

Rosedale, Pa 650 00 

Summit Mills 2 600 00 

Salisbury 100000 

Listie 400 00 

Johnstown, 1st church 8 000 00 

Pike, Pennsylvania 630 00 

Meyersdale % A 000 00 

Jones Mills, Pa 555 00 

Mt. Pleasant, Pa 220.00 

Uniontown, Pa 1 800 00 

Highland, Pa '. 155 00 

Aleppo, Pa 125 00 

Pittsburgh, Pa 1 800 00 

First Brethren, Phila, Pa 3 117 00 

Third Brethren, Phila, Pa 500 00 

Ridgley, Md 665.00 

Sergeantsville, N. J 444.00 

Waynesboro, Pa., 1 500 00 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS 

The new j-ear has come with its challenge 
and its tasks. In many ways the year nine- 
teen hundred and eighteen has been a diffi- 
cult one in church work, but yet much good 
will come out of it all. Especially were the 
closing months trying times because of tho 
widespread and disastrous effects of the influ- 
enza epidemic. 

During these months came the dates for 
two of our special church offerings. From the 
alisence as yet of a report in the Brethren 
Evangelist of the Thanksgiving offering, it 
may be inferred there was difficulty in many 
churches in going ' ' over the top ' ' with these 
offerings. With closed churches in many 
places the Christmas offering too was doubt- 
less seriously interfered with. 

But the writer is glad to report that the 
Milledgeville church, in spite of all these 
handicaps, went "over the top" in both of- 
ferings. This, however, was not done with- 
out effort; it did not just happen. But, re- 
alizing the greater difficulty in attempting 
to raise the amount of both offerings at a 
later time if these special days were allowed 
to go by without doing anything, before 
Thanksgiving day I mailed the best letter I 
could prepare for the occasion, together with 
a special offering envelope, to the entire 
membership of the church. The response 
from the people was splendid and their offer- 
ings were brought in personaly, by messen- 
ger and by mail, and in due time the whole 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



amount was received. Then when Christmas 
time came on the churches were closed and 
all special services were out of the question. 
Again letters with special "White Gift" offer- 
ing envelopes were mailed to the members 
of the church, and once more the response 
was such that we were able to more than 
reach the goal. While this method of meet- 
ing our apportionments involves considerable 
work for the pastor and has its particular 
faults, yet with us it worked and produced 
the results we were looking for and enabled 
us to begin the new year with a clean slate. 

This church also succeeded again in placing 
the Brethren Evangelist in over seventy-five 
percent of our homes for the coming year. 
We use the ' ' every home canvass ' ' method 
because it is most satisfactory. We found it 
easier to reach this goal the second year than 
the first. 

The four-month program and challenge 
proposed by the Waterloo Brethren Sunday 
School meets with our hearty approval. Our 
Sunday school here has accepted the chal- 
lenge and tossed its hat into the ring, and we 
are going after that Gold Star. But that is 
not the only thing we expect to get; we hope 
to derive great benefit for the entire school 
from a four-months' campaign of special ac- 
tivity. If other schools win the stars wo be- 
lieve our efforts will not have been in vain. 
This is one game where ' ' every throw is a 
winner"; theer is nothing to lose for any 
contestant, but everything to gain in exact 
proportion to the efforts put forth. 

MILES J. SNYDER. 



DOINGS AT LOXnSVILLE 

The Brethren at Louisville, Ohio, have had 
their plans upset and their work interrupted 
much as churches elsewhere, but they have 
made the best of things and are hopeful, 
as usual, of the future. Every special offer- 
ing has been lifted and "over the top" has 
been written on every one. 

It has seemed most convenient for Louis- 
ville to take her offering for Benevolences 
on Rally Day. This special service was held 
on October 6th in the morning and a Harvest 
Home service was the evening program. An 
offering for Benevolences slightly above the 
required 10 cents per member was raised. 
Then the " flu " settled over Louisville and 
the ban was on tight for four weeks. 

On the morning of November 10th, the 
ban was livted, and we had the regular ser- 
vices. On the next Sunday evening commun- 
ion services were held and the state mission 
offering was received. The attendance was 
only two-thirds normal, due to the fact that 
some were sick and some afraid of the "flu," 
but the offering went above what was 
needed to meet half of the yearly appor- 
tionment (a State mission offering is received 
at each semi-annual communion). The next 
day the "flu" ban was replaced. The saloon 
men of the town protested the closing decree 
of the health board, a part of which became 
weak-kneed and caused the saloons to be ex- 
empted from the l:)an. Then all the pastors, 
including the Catholic priest, vigorously pro- 
tested against the exemption of the saloons 
while the churches remained under the ban. 
The result was that the churches were per- 



mitted to have day services only for the next 
three weeks. 

On Sunday morning, December 1st, the of- 
fering for General Home missions was lifted 
and 35 cents per member, instead of the re- 
quired 30, was the amount realized. 

Our White Gift offering came next. It was 
received at the White Gift service held on 
Monday night, December 23rd. Here there 
was no thought given to any requirement. 
Everybody simply tried to do their best. And 
how good ' ' their best ' ' really was you may 
judge when I tell you the amount was $90.00 
when last counted. (I say "last counted," 
because the total amount did not come in at 
the White Gift service; some gifts were com- 
ing in several days after). That splendid of- 
fering was made possible by every member 
and every class in the Sunday school doing 
" their best." 

The pastor is willing to confess, in spite of 
his great faith in his people, that when the 
" flu " ban was lifted, he feared it might be 
too much of a strain on the church to ask 
for three heavy offerings in six weeks. But 
the official board advised to try it. So let- 
ters with offering envelopes enclosed were 
sent to every member of the church. The 
bigness of the program was accepted as a 
challenge and "over the top," they went. 

The next special feature was the "All-day 
New Year Conference and Business Meeting" 
which is an annual affair. The morning ses- 
sion consisted of talks, special music and 
congregational singing. The central theme 
of the session was ' ' A Greater Brethren 
Church in Louisville." Various factors that 
entered into the realization of that slogan 
were discussed. 

Then came the noon hour when the mem- 
bers arranged themselves in a circle in the 
Sunday school room and a basket lunch was 
enjoyed. 

The afternoon session was given to the 
transaction of business and to reports from 
the various departments of the church. All 
reports showed that the past year had been 
a good one considering prevailing conditions. 
Officers for the ensuing year were elected 
without the slightest friction. And among 
the various items of business it was voted 
to put the Evangelist on the church budget 
for the second year. At this meeting the 
pastor read his resignation to take effect the 
first of April in order to give his whole time 
to the editorship of the Brethren Evangelist. 
Plans for a successor are well under way, 
the results of which will be announced in 
due time. 

This report is not yet complete. Certain 
things happened that made the pastor and 
his wife to rejoice because of the church's 
appreciation of their services. First, the 
Friendship Bible class, composed of young 
married ladies, gave Mrs. Baer, their teacher, 
a beautiful leather purse at Christmas time. 
Second, the ladies of the church gave the 
pastor and his wife a box of "greenbacks" 
and silver which amounted to $21.50. This 
came as a Christmas remembrance. Then, on 
New Year day, the church voted the pastor 
a $50.00 check as an expression of apprecia- 
tion. These surprises and valuable gifts were 
appreciated more than our feeble words could 



tell. If they are an expression of lo\o on 
the part of the people for the pastor and his 
wife, and we know they arc, the very accpt- 
ance of them becomes an acknowlcdgciuent 
of a love that is mutual. They are to us 
love-gifts and are appreciated far above their 
commercial value, high as that is. We have 
grown to love these people and have consent- 
ed to leave them with great reluctance, and 
only because of a feeling that the call of the 
Brethren Publishing Company and the late 
General Conference is God's call to larger 
service. May God bless these dear people 
and send them more worthy leaders than we 
have been. 

GEO. S. BAER, Pastor. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



MOORE-NOWLIN— At the writer's resi- 
dence in Roanoke, Virginia, on Wednesday, 
December 18th, Miss Annie L. Nowlin, be- 
came the bride of Mr. Richard L. Moore. 
Both are highly respected young people of 
the city. The occasion was marked by its 
quietness. Ceremony by the writer. 

L. G. WOOD. 

GREENWOOD-HAMAKER— On Saturday, 
December 28th, 1918, at the residence of the 
writer, in Roanoke, Virginia, occurred the 
marriage ceremony of William H. Greenwood 
and Bertha I. Hamaker, both of Roanoke 
city, and the bride is a member of the Breth- 
ren church. Ceremony by the writer. 

L. G. WOOD. 

SAMPSON-DUDLEY— On Christmas day at 
noon, Mr. Oscar Sampson and Miss Blanche 
Dudley were united in marriage. Mr. Samp- 
son is a member of the Brethren church at 
Center Chapel. The bride is a worthy young 
lady of North Liberty. Ceremony at the 
home of the bride's parents bv the writer. 
C." C. GRISSO. 



IN THE SHADOW 



CHAPMAN~Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman, 
Aiuuriea's foremost e\ango;ist, passed away 
on Christmas day. He was kno\. n, ri,spcctod 
and beloved around the Christian \ioriU and 
his death occasions a breach in the ranks of 
aggrcssi\e, e\ angelical Christianity that can- 
not easily be filled in this generation. He 
was born at Richi.iond, Inaiana, uune 17, 
1857. 

PAGE — It is with deep regret that the 
nation hears of the death of Dr. ^^■alt^ r H. 
Page, former En\oy to Great Britain. On 
October 12th he returned from his duties in 
England in very bad health and since that 
time has been in the hospital uutil ten e^ays 
ago, when he went to Pmehuist, North Car- 
olina, where he passed away. 

TINKLE — Anarew Floyd, son of Francis 
and Rhoda Tinkle, was born September 2, 
1891, in Carroll county and died D..ccmber 
4, 1918, aged 27 years, 3 months and 2 days. 
He was n.arried to Josephine Murphy, March 
25, 1914, to which union was born one son, 
Dwight. He was a men.ber of the IHrst 
Brethren church at Flora. Besides his \v\fti 
and son, he leaves one sister, Flora, to mourn 
his departure. The funeral was conducted 
by the writer, assisted by the pastor of the 
Presbyterian church. Rev. Steffy, and by his 
own pastor, Brother S. C. Henderson. 

W. T. LYTLE. 

SIOLEB — Julia Rookh Hcndrix, third 
daughter of Zcdock and Susannah Hcndrix, 
was born in Carroll county, Indiana, August 
17, 1882, and died at her present homo in 
Highmore, S. D., November 19, 1918, aged 36 



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years, 3 months and 2 days. She was "keep- 
ing the home fires burning" while her hus- 
band, Dr. G. V. S'gler, was in service in 
France. She was a member of the Salem 
Brethren church before marriage, when she 
went with her husband to the Disciple church. 
She is survived by her husband, two sons and 
one daughter, her mother, a sister and three 
brothers. Her body was shipped to her 
mother's home in Indiana, where the funeral 
was conducted November 24th by the writer. 
Interment was made in the Burlington ce-Tie- 
tery. W. T. LYTLK. 

BOBEETSON — Alma Eobertson died at the 
family home near North Liberty, Indiana, 
December 8th, at the age of 15 years. Hers 
was a beautiful life just begun. She was a 
Freshman in the North Liberty high school. 
Funeral services from the home by the writ- 
er. 0. C. GEISSO. 

EHINEHAET— Thelma Junior, passed to 
her reward on the 8th of December, at the 
tender age of two years, four months and 
six days, at her home in Roanoke, Virginia. 
Little Thelma was not strong enough to re- 
sist the dreadful epidemic of influenza. A 
brief funeral service was held at the grave, 
by the writer. L. Q. WOOD. 

SHAVEE — Delmar G. Shaver died at Hope- 
well, Virginia, December 21, 1918, after an 
illness from influenza which developed into 
pneumonia. He was the youngest son of 
William Shaver and a grandson of Rev. E. B. 
Shaver. As a musician, he was one of the 
leaders of his profession at Hopewell, and 
for years was the organist in the Brethren 
church at Maurertown. He was a member 
of the Brethren church for more than four 
years and will be missed in church Avork. 
Brother Delmar leaves his father, mother and 
one brother, Owen, to mourn his unti iicly 
death, he being only 18 years, 6 months and 
one day old. Funeral services were conduct- 
ed from his grandfather's home at Maurer- 
town, by Rev. Geo. A. Copp and his body 
interred in the church cemetery at that 
place. 

EMMONS — Valentine J., son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Hugh Emmons, departed this life at 
Ashland, Ohio, on November 30, 1918, in his 
thirty-fifth year. He had been a member of 
the Brethren church since 1905, and, despite 
a severe affliction, passed out of this life 
very peacefully. Only a few weeks earlier 
the bereft family was called upon to part 
with a daughter, but their trust is in God 
who comforteth us in all our sorrows. 

J. A. GABBER. 

SMITH — Bessie, daughter of Cornelius and 
Amanda Crowell, entered the heavenly life 
on December 8, 1918, aged 29 years and 2-1 
days. On April 1st, 1916, she was united in 
marriage with Arthur Smith, of West Alexan- 
dria, Ohio, where Mrs. Smith held her church 
membership. She was a devoted wife, a lov- 
ing daughter and a faithful sistei'. Funeral 
from their late home in Richmond, Indiana, 
where these young people had made many 
friends. Maj' the Lord sustain those who 
mourn. 

.J. A. GARBER. 



Business Manager's Corner 



One Man and a Pair of Good Legs 

Brother Beachler has had much to say dur- 
ing the past year about the efficiency and 
the sufficiency of a Ford, and recently ho 
has written of the loyal service rendered by 
a good horse, but I can not remember that 
he has yet had to resort to man power or 
foot power to get results, and yet one of our 
Indiana pastors has developed to a remark- 



able degree this style of propelling power, 
and with nothing but his two feet surmount- 
ed by an indomitable spirit to carry him over 
the country he made a cofliplete canvass of a 
country congregation, whose members receive 
their mail from four different post offices, in 
the interest of the Brethren Evangelist and 
succeeded in increasing the list for that con- 
gregation more than FIVE HUNDRED per- 
cent, and that man of "the willing mind" 
was Homer Anderson, pastor of the Dutchtown 
Brethren church. But some of you say, that 
feat can not be repeated in many churches, 
and in reply, I can say I can name several 
dozen congregations where there is room for 
its repetition. There may not be the Ander- 
son type of legs there to carry the pastor 
around, but there is the field waiting to be 
cultivated. I say I know there are many such 
fields because I know how many papers are 
going into these congregations. 1 also have 
, a pretty good idea of the number of mem- 
bers in each congregation. 

But to convince you that this great increase 
is possible in many places let me call your 
attention to a list of subscriptions with 
eighty-three names just received this morn- 
ing where formerly but twelve papers were 
going. Many churches have less than a dozen 
papers coming to their families so this is 
not necessarily an exception. I do not know 
how Brother Trout did it, for he is a new 
man among us, and the feat he accomplished 
was done in about the oldest congregation we 
have, namely, Berlin, Pennsylvania. Here 
the increase is nearly six hundred percent. 
Although the subscription list to the Evan- 
gelist has been practically doubled during the 
last year, if we would continue at the rate 
of these last two congregations for awhile it 
would not be long until the list would be 
doubled again. 

Crown Chapel, near Leon, Iowa has also 
won a place on the Honor Roll of the Evan- 
gelist within the last week, so it is seen that 
the moveuient is confined to no state or sec- 
tion, but that from Pennsylvania to Califor- 
nia the Brethren churches are catching the 
vision and with proper encouragement and 
determination on the part of the pastors this 
maj' yet become one of the most important 
movements of the church. 

The Evangelist mailing list is being re- 
vised and transferred to o\ir new system as 
rapidly as possible, and it would be a great 
accommodation to the workers in the Pub- 
lishing House if as many subscribers as pos- 
sible would renew their subscriptians at once, 
even though they may not expire for several 
months. 

We would call the attention of the Sunday 
schools to the fact that the Junior Quarter- 
ly was delayed in the making this quarter 
and that it will arrive late to all the schools; 
but it will soon appear. 

E. E. TEETEE, 
Business Manager. 



A Proposed Plan of Correlation 

(Continued from page 11) 
societies in the church, the campaign commit- 
tee should see that they are organized im- 
mediately. If there are eight or ten boys 
and girls between eight and twelve years of 
age in the Sunday School there is need for a 
Junior society. If your young people's so- 
ciety is largely composed of members over 
twenty years of age, there is need of an In- 
termediate society to take care of the boys 
and girls between thirteen and seventeen. 
For organizing literature write to your State 
0. E. Union, or General Secretary William 
Shaw, Christian Endeavor Headquarters, Mt. 
Vernon and Joy Streets, Boston, Massachus- 
etts. 

4. Close the month's campaign with a spe- 
cial celebration of Christian Endeavor Week, 
February 2 to 9, 1919. Suggestions for the 
week's program may be secured from the 
United Society of Christian Endeavor. 

5. In enrolling members for Christian En- 
deavor, be sure to emphasize the Christian 
Endeavor covenant. Do not lower the stand- 
ards of the society merely for the sake of in- 
creasing the membership. 

6. Use every possible means of publicity 
to advertise the month's campaign. Appoint 
a reporter to send an account of what you 
accomplish to the Christian Endeavor World, 
The Ohio Endeavorer, the local newspapers, 
the denominational papers, and the Interna- 
tional Field Workers' Union, 405 Association 
Building, Chicago. 

7. REWARDS: A Christian Endeavor 
shield will be awarded to the Sunday School 
submitting the best report of work done in 
the campaign. Gold C. E. pins 'n'ill be award- 
ed to Sunday School scholars submitting the 
best poster and the best essays on Christian 
Endeavor. Reports, essays and posters, to be 
eligible for prizes, must be sent to the Inter- 
national Christian Endeavor Field Workers' 
Union, 405 A^ociation Building, Chicago, not 
later than February 20, 1919. 



Brethren Home of Ohio 

An Incorporation with 
over $10,000 in Assets 

PURPOSE. To build a home for the 
aged and infirm of our church and an 
orphanage for our children. 

Why not make it a National 
Home for the entire brotherhood ? 

The Board of Trustees will present this 
proposition at National Conference this 
year. 

Gifts, subscriptions and bequests 
solicited. 

Information cheerfully given. 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 

Ira Fudge, Gratis, Ohio, Pres. 

Orion E. Bowman, V. Pres. and Atty. 

Elmer Wombold, Secy. 

1718 W. Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio 
Jesse A. Carver, Treas. 
J. AUen Miller. 



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Number 3 



January 15 
1919 




- One-Is VOUR-i^ASTER-AND-AU-YE-ARt-MlTRREN- 




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Pray for the Makers of Peace 



There can be no true Victory without a 
Righteous Peace 

"I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications, prayers, 
intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings 
and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and 
peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." — 1 Timothy 2:1, 2. 



' ' God of our fathers, God of the nations. 

Sovereign supreme over all the wide world. 

Here M^e would praise Thee with heartfelt oblations, 
Here while the banner of peace is unfurled. 

Lord of the centuries, pardon the ages 

Dark with the terrors of battle and blood; 

Give forth Thy light and unfold the bright pages — 
Glorious era of true brotherhood. 

Judge of all peoples, still with us pleading, 

Teach us Thy justice and reason and right; 

Give us courage to follow Thy leading, 
Children of liberty, children of light. 

Rise, America, rise to Tliy splendor, 

Lead forth the nations to war against war; 

Stand for the highest, be freedom's defender, 
Brotherhood, justice and peace evermore." 





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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



What Will the Boys Do When They Come Home? — The Editor, 2 

Editorial Eeview, 3 

Four Year Program — Charles A. Bame, D.D., 4 

Teaching Church Ordinances — Miles J. Snyder 5 

What Will Put Power into the Church?— Robert F. Porte, 6 

Change Cars— E. M. Cobb, 7 

Sermon, Forty Kinds of Fools — Charles A. Bame, D.D., 8 



What Counts for an Efficient Sunday School? — E. E. Frantz, ... 9 

Missionary Possibilities of the Central West — G. T. .Eonk, 10 

Set Your Society in Order — Prof. J. A. Garber, 11 

Life Work — Edwin Boardman, Jr., 11 

News from the Field, 12-14 

In the Shadow, 15 

"Christ Makes All Men Free" (Poem)— Rev. T. W. Dickert, ... 16 
Grow Up or Blow Up — E. E. Teeter, D.D., 16 



EDITORIAL 



What Will the Boys Do When They Come Home? 



1 ask this question in the greatest seriousness and am anxious 
that you shall ponder it with me. It is a serious question because it 
comes from the hearts of the boys. It is not a creation of my imag- 
ination; I have read it on pages of letters written by serious minded 
boys who have seen service in the front line trenches, boys who have 
walked in "the valley of the shadow" day after day and have been 
made to understand the seriousness of life. One young man wrote, 
"I am wondering what I will do when I get home; whether I will just 
be satisfied with having a job and making a little money, or whether 
I will be able to give myself to the thing that will make my life 
count for the largest service. I don't know what I will do. But I 
feel as though a fellow ought to be doing something really worth 
while." Another khaki clad friend overseas wrote, "I haven't made 
a very shining success of things. I have been a church member, but 
never gave it very serious attention, never was any too greatly con- 
cerned about faithfulness and allowed trifles to interfere with my 
good aims. I hope I can do better. In fact I don't believe 1 can go 
back and be satislied with my old life." Another young man of tal- 
ent and training with whom I had talked intimately and seriously 
before he went over wrote, "I don't know whether to take up the 
tools again or not. Sometimes I want to turn to something that will 
snow results that will last." And I might quote from other letters 
expressions from boys whose souls have been purged of the petty 
meanness and bigotry and selfishness so common to men who have 
not faced death or disaster. They do not all express a discontent with 
their former trade or professions, for some have already found the 
place they fit in life. But to a man, they write of a desire to play 
the game of life seriously and serve the interests of Christ and the 
church faithfully. So that I am sure there is a wholesome discontent 
in the minds of the boys, who have walked in the presence of death, 
with things that are trivial and unworthy. And they themselves 
are wondering what they will do when they come home. It is not 
jobs they arc puzzled about. There will be jobs galore. What will 
they do to keep vivid their new ideals they have received, and how 
will they be able to practice them in their daily walks? That is the 
question; and it is their own question, not ours. 

But I am anxious that it shall be made our question too, and that 
it shall disturb our minds asit has their own. For then, I am con- 
fident, the right answer will readily be found. When I put the ques- 
tion to the church and her leaders I know I am putting it where it 
belongs for there better than anywhere else can the boys find those 



who are able to direct their young minds in vital things. I want 
that we shall make the question our own and then seek how we may 
contribute to its answer. 

First, throw a spiritual asmosphere about them as soon as they 
return. There will be receptions and social fetes many, and the church 
may encourage or co-operate in them, but they do not meet the boys' 
needs. Something more is rightly expected of the church and some- 
thing more vital must be planned by it. Give their receptions a spir- 
itual significance and make them feel that the church clothes them 
with a spiritual mantle that will protect and warm them. Make the 
church worship so vitally religious and it 's fellowships so genuine and 
sympathetic that they will seek it and love it as the home of their 
souls. Let no pettiness, or jealousies, or narrowness, or selfishness or 
bickering or clashing exist. But let the church be exalted and en- 
nobled, strongly inspiring and wholesomely spiritual. And he will 
seek its counsel and accept its guidance in that which has become 
to him the most important life problem. 

Second, plan a program of aggressive Christian service, a pro- 
gram of things that are big and worthy to be done, that challenge 
faith and call for heroic endeavor. Call them to enlist in an offensive 
against entrenched evil in society, public life or in business. P\:i 
up to them the task of making the church supreme in community lead- 
ership, in relieving distress, healing the sick, lifting up the fallen 
and, most important of all, wiirning lost men to Christ. Make the 
program both big and worthy, and they will not be daunted but will 
rush with the accustomed courage and determination of the battle 
field to the challenging task. That will win them and hold them, and 
it will give them the answer to their question. 

But there is another way in which this question should be an- 
swered by some of these men; and the church and the pastor can 
co-operate in bringing the right answer. There are many choice and 
talented man in the countrj''s service. Over against that fact, there 
is a great dearth of worthy, well-equipped young men entering the 
ministry today. There are m&nj of these men who are worthy and 
pre-eminently qualified for this noble calling. And no greater service 
could be rendered to them than the direction of their attention to the 
claims and opportunities of the ministry. We owe it to them to do 
this, for they rightfully look to their churches and their pastors for 
guidance in settling this question for their awakened souls. Every 
worthy young man has a right to such attention as soon as he returns 
home. Every one should have the wise, sympathetic counsel of some 



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man of God in the effort to decide what he shall do when he gets 
home. 

Moreover it will be rendering an incalculable service to the King- 
dom of Christ in directing the choicest and ablest young men into the 
ministry and missionary work of the church. The need was never so 
great as now for worthy messengers of the gospel, both in the home- 
land and in the non-Christian world. The war has, in a large measure, 
depleted the ranks ot the workers at home and abroad. The need 
of the world for the gospel is more pronounced than ever before, while 
the plans of the church to give forth the gospel have been greatly 
hindered if not completely interrupted. The demand for an enlarged 
and more efficient ministry is imperative. We need it to conserve 
what the war has won, to make democracy Christian and safe for 
the world, and to prevent a recurrence of the terrible world ravage 
which we have just witnessed." Many of those who fought for the 
liberty of the world" will likely respond to a "call to preserve the 
fruits of that liberty" if it is presented rightly. Let us hold up 
before these young men the opportunities and challenges of the min- 
istry and see if they who dedicated their lives to the country's noble 
cause may not re-dedicate them to the greater cause of establishing 
and extending the Republic of God. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Don't neglect that church report. A lot of people are waiting to 
read it. 

Eead Brother Carpenter's "Home Mission Notes," he has "a fine 
suggestion ' ' for you. 

Turn to the ' ' Sunday School ' ' department and see the ' ' White 
Gift" reports. Looks good, doesnt' it? It will look better when 
yours come in. 

Sister Detwiler is courageously keeping at her work in spite of 
a sprained knee. With such determination she will certainly contiii.. 
to "overcome the difficulties" at Baltimore as they rise. 

Word comes to us from Brother Wiriek at St. Petersburg, Flori- 
da, promising support to the Evangelist and stating that he hopes to 
do some work among the Indiana churches during the coming sum- 
mer. 

Our correspondent from Oak Hill, West Virginia, corrects a mis- 
taken report of the .Tenning's revival held at that place. The num- 
ber of conversions was 48 instead of eight. It's a difference that is 
worth correcting and we arc pleased to call attention to it. 

There comes to our desk a card on one end of which is a picture 
of Brother G. W. Eench, pastor of the First Brethren church of South 
Bend, Indiana, and on the other an announcement of a series of six 
sermons on the personal return and reign of our Lord, beginning 
January 13th. 

Brother Bell has been very busy on the Pacific coast; besides 
carrying on the work at Long Beach, he was recently "called up 
the Valley in an evangelistic campaign," and at the same time has 
had sickness in his honie. Bat he promises an article soon for the 
Evangelist. Thank you, Brother Bell. 



Brother Henderson reports six additions to the church in the 
twelve weeks he has been in charge of the Flora church, notwith- 
standing the fact that the "flu" ban has been on all but five Sundays. 
He finds himself in the midst of a lively bunch of workers who will 
doubtless give their pastor hearty co-operation as he leads them on 
to greater things. 

Word comes from Mrs. C. E. Weidner, that Brother Weidner is 
sick with the "flu" for the second time in a month. She states that 
she has symptoms of the same malady and is fearful it will get her 
down. Both Brother and Sister Weidner have promised articles for 
the paper which they assure us will be forthcoming as soon as they 
are recovered. We thank you both. 

Brother Hamilton reports the Ashland church work in this issue 
and expresses the confidence of the church in the leadership of Brother 
,T. A. Garber. There seems to be a spirit of unity and of expectancy 
which bespeaks growth during Broth.?r Garber 's pastorate. He will 
be nobly assisted in the Sunday school by Brother A. C. Hendrickson 
and his efficient corps of workers. 

A goodly number of our Evangelist family have written words of 
appreciation of the new cover page and new arrangement of the 
paper. We thank you for your kindness, Brethren, and hope with 
the continual co-operation of every member of our large family, that 
our church paper niaj' become more and more practically serviceable 
and spiritually uplifting as well as more attractive. 

Brother Ankrum shows great faith in keeping optimistic through 
a scourge of "fludemic" (it is a new but happy term, and must be 
one of Brother Ankrum s own coinage) .such as Garwin, Iowa, has 
experienced. But then, why should we not be hopeful in the face of 
the promise that all things will work out for good to them that love 
the Lord and are called according to his purpose? 

That Sunday school challenge issued by the Waterloo Brethren 
school is still working on the nerves of some of our people. Brother 
Oberholfzer 's good people of Fremont, Ohio, have called the chal- 
lenge, and Huntington, Indiana, is in on it, too. The latter named 
school is expecting to carry away the gold star, though we notice 
they are keeping quiet about it. That is, they are not talking out 
loud, lest the Flora school should hear. Maybe Flora is playing the 
same trick. 

Brother Goughnour has been acting as nurse while his wife and 
son were sick with the ' ' flu. ' ' But they have recovered sufficiently 
for him to carry out an engagement for an evangelistic meeting at 
Masontown, Pa., for which place ho leaves on Sunday night, the 
12th. When two bundles of energy like Brethren Goughnour and 
Shively get together on a job there can searceless a stone be left 
unturned that might bring success. Brother Goughnour also promises 
an article in the near future. Thanks. 

From Goshen comes the report of the revival meeting held under 
most unfavorable circumstances. But why should any one say it was 
a failure though the results were not what were expected. Let us 
not be ready to call any meeting a failure, wherein man faithfully 
co-operates with the Holy Spirit in bringing the message of saving 
grace to sinful men. We may not see certain results for which we 
had hoped, but we must wait for the harvest in God's own time. It 
is he who "giveth the increase." 



On the Christian Endeavor page Brother Garber outlines Chris- 
tian Endeavor week and introduces our new Life Work Superintend- 
ent, Brother Eddie Boardman, who brings his initial message in that 
capacity on the same page. It will pay you to get acquainted with 
him if you don't know him, and catch some of his fire. 

The Los Angeles, California church had a great meeting on New 
Year's day with two things in particular to encourage them — one, the 
fact that they almost completely wiped out their church debt and 
another that their new pastor. Brother Jennings was with them for 
the first meeting together. May God grant them great success this 
year. 



We are pleased to see the Ashland College correspondent on the 
job again and hope he will be a weekly visitor. Everybody is inter- 
ested in what goes on at the college, especially since so many are 
investing some of their surplus cash in the institution. This is the 
most important spot in the brotherhood now. And it is a place where 
everyl-gdy is intensely busy. Just this last Sunday besides Dr. Furry, 
whose trip is mentioned in the "Notes," Dean Miller preached at 
Rittman. Prof. J. A. Garber preached in the college chapel in the 
morning and in a downtown church in the evening, and Brother 
Gnagey preached in downtown churches both morning and evening, 
while a number of the theological students go out regularly to preach 
over Sunday. 



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FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM PAGE 

IVOW XHEIN r>0 IX.-^II Samixel 3:18 

Conducted by Charles A. Bame 



Did You DO It? 

Did yon send your report to your District Director? 
Mine is just ready to go in this mail. Delayed? Yes, just 
a little. Does not that sound natural? It does to me. I 
did not think that two-thirds of the time would pass before 
I had started my report to my District Director, but that is 
what the calendar tells me. Of course there is still plenty 
of time to get in, but if another church with the same pro- 
gress has beaten me to him, that church will stand highest 
in the counting. So, it wiW be in the final standing in 1920. 
Will You Directors? 

Will you remember that you are to mark on your return 
cards, the relation of the coming of- these reports? Simply 
mark on the cards, which was first, second, etc., as they 
came to you. Keeping these cards for the permanent rec- 
ords, we shall know for all time who are the prompt men. 

My Report. Perhaps it will hearten some discouraged 
pastor to kiiow that my report contains just one mox'e "P" 
mark than "G" mark. This time, they are all one or the 
other. Next time some may be lost, but we are not going 
to admit that any are lost this time. We hope to fill the 
remaining months of the year so full of "pep" and energy 
that we may make "G's" out of all those nine "P's", before 
next reporting time. 

Even the Goal Nine 

You bet, Mr. Bu.siness Manager of the Publishing House, 
North Manchester does expect to come in out of the cold 
and rain before long and get on the Honor Roll along with 
the churches that do not have to get so many subscrip- 
tions by a good many. When we appear there, it will be 
with the longest string yet, I believe. And it takes a good 
lot of courage to even try to make it, and I believe it can 
be done. 

Sunshine 

I like to call it sunshine when a man writes me a good 
letter of encouragement. Well, I have two letters since I 
wrote last week that ought to help every one of us to go 
forward. One says, "we must go on with the Program as if 
nothing had happened." That missive said a good deal 
more, but that is the important sentence. "As if nothing" had 
happened, ' ' takes a mighty powerful imagination, I '11 admit. 
We know that a plenty has happened when we scan the rec- 
ords of the last few months, but we can go on — go right 
straight on — even if we can not draw so heavily on our 
imagination as to believe that "nothing has happened." 
Another 

Another of these sunshine letters said, "Go forward and 
make the Goals as far as we can. ' ' That sentence comes from 
one of the aggressive leaders of the church as you may well 
guess when you read it. "Go forward" is the very center of 
the teachings of our Christ. His program is ahvays forward. 
No delay; no vacations; never backward, always forward. 
So, we go with God when we go forward. Blessed privilege ! 
Blessed fellowship ! Happy man with such an opportunity ! 
Send in your report so that we shall all know you are going 
forward. 

Best Yet 
There is one way and but one that we may expect this 
: report to be the best yet. That is in the number of reports 
we may get. I have no hope that we shall exceed the gains 
of last year in this first report. But we can gain in the nxaa.- 
ber of reporters and we pray that this may eome true. Erase 



the black in the hand book for next year. We ought to be 

ashamed of the black stuff. It was yellow at the conference. 

Too Late? 

No, it is not too late to get your report to your District 
Director. Of course, you can not get it there before January 
15. But you can reach him in time so that it will get to 
me by February 15. You may have a good excuse for not 
doing it before now, and we do hope that you will not keep 
the black lines black by not reporting at all. Keep your 
church on the map. 

A Secret 

In my next letter, I may be able to let out a secret. 
I shall have something good to tell you soon and I hope that 
you will be looking for it so that you will have a lot of sun- 
shine, when it comes. Cheer up. 

Do You Agree? 

I hope so. A funny little story is going the rounds 
that might teach us something worth while. It is told of a 
certain negro who was before a judge for a divorce. "What 
is the matter Sambo?" Sambo stammered and the judge put 
in, "Incompatibility, I suppose." Again Sambo stammered, 
not getting much enlightenment by the judge's big word. 
"Can't agree, I presume," suggested the judge, trying to 
help Sambo out of his embarrassment. "Oh, yes, Ave can 
agree." replied Sambo. "We can 'gree, all right; the trouble 
wid us was that we couldn't 'gree on the same thing at the 
same time." The time is here for us to " 'gree on same 
thing at the same time." February 15, is latest date for 
District Directors. Help them by sending in your report. 

"NOW THEN, DO IT." - BAME. 

' ' Tomorrow you will live, you always cry ; 
In what fair country does tomorrow lie, 
That 'tis so mighty long ere it arrive ? 
Beyond the Indies does this tomorrow live? 
'Tis so far-fetched, this morrow, that I fear 
'Twill be both very old and very dear. 
'Tomorrow I will live,' the. fool doth say: 
Today itself 's too late; the wise lived yesterday." 

— Selected 

"Today is ours; what do we fear? 

Today is ours; we have it here. 

Let's treat it kindly, that it may 

Wish, at least, with us to stay. 

Let's at our business, banish sorrow; 

"To the God belongs tomorrow." — Selected. 

NOW THEN, DO IT." BAME. 

OHIO CHURCHES, TAKE NOTICE! 

The Ohio Four Year Program director has received but 
three reports to date. Every report should have been in be- 
fore this notice reaches you, but unless a great many folks 
do some quick work, they will not arrive on scheduled time. 
I am dependent upon you. Without your co-operatioii my 
hands are tied, but with your help I can make sure that 
Ohio reports will reach General Director Bame "on time." 
Don't put it off another minute, send your report by return 
mail. If it is not what you had hoped, send it anyAvay ; you 
will find many others in the same situation. "No report" 
will show up worse against us than reports shoAving lack of 
attainment. Come, let us put across a complete report. 
Your servant the Ohio Director, 

GEO. S. BAER, 
Ashland, Ohio. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



Teaching Church Ordinances By Miles j. snyder 



The subject of this article ought to be of universal in- 
terest. Practically all denominations assign a large place 
to church ordinances. In a sense they are to a church Avhat 
bones are to the body. Because of their utility the visible 
cliurch has form and strength. While they do not consti- 
tute the life of the church, yet through them the invisible 
spiritual life finds expression in the world. 

It is not the purpose of the M-riter to try to prove by 
the scriptures that the observance of church ordinances is 
a necessity on the part of the Christian believer, and essen- 
tial to the largest growth and noblest character. As well 
try to prove to a man Avith good sight that the sun is shin- 
ing at midday. All men knoM-, or may know, that ordi- 
nances are set forth in the Bible. That is a question that 
needs no argument. 

Instead I Avant to call attention to the fact that they are 
admirably adapted to our everyday wants and needs, and 
tliat in keeping of them there is great reward. Nor is the 
writer concerned about those who are seeking to knoAv how 
little they can do and still be saved, but rather those who 
sincerely desire the attainment of the highest good and the 
largest development of spiritual life and power. The ques- 
tion, "May one be saved withoiit keeping the ordinances?" 
is very foolish. Much rather should we be concerned as to 
how our observance of them may become a real factor in the 
growth and deA'elopment of a truly religioiis life and char- 
acter. 

All rational beings recognize the limitations of the hu- 
man mind. "Man is of the earth, earthy," and cannot 
readily grasp abstract spiritual truths. He needs the help 
of concrete, material things which come within the range 
of the senses to be as stepping stones in his efforts to rise 
into a knoAvledge and understanding of spiritiial things. It 
was to meet this common need that the ordinances, or sym- 
bols, or sacraments, of the New Testament were chosen and 
set apart and authorized. Herein is their distinct purpose 
and exceptional value. 

Furthermore, ordinances preserve the truth originally 
given. Verbal statements of truths may be variously inter- 
preted from generation to generation, and in time may be 
entirely lost. But a fixed symbol holds the original truth 
unchanged thi-ough the years. As bottles preserve the pre- 
cious ointment from wasting, so the ordinances preserve 
the truths they contain and send them on unimpaired down 
across the centuries of time. The embodiment of truths in 
symbols, therefore, is of greatest value, providing, of course, 
the symbols are preserved unchanged. 

In adddition to aiding us in comprehending spiritual 
truth and preserving it unchanged, the ordinances of the 
church are a witness to one's faith. "Faith, if it have not 
works, is dead in itself." They also afford iinmistakable 
tests of obedience. "If a man love me, he will keep my 
word." It is utter folly to say we love Chi'ist and then 
wilfully ignore his commandments relating to the observance 
of church ordinances. And again, they are perpetual means 
of grace in the Christian life and a loving memorial of 
Christ. "He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, 
abideth in me and I in him." "This do in remembrance of 
me." 

In teaching the ordinances of the church, the practical 
value of them should always be strongly emphasized. They 
are valuable not only because they are scriptural, but be- 
cause of their utilitarian possibilities; they are perfectly 
adapted to the needs of the spirit-life. They should be kept 
not only because we ought to obey God, but because they 
contribute to our highest good and largest life. 

One of the golden opportunities for teaching church or- 
dinances is to new converts. Faithfulness in obser-^dng the 



sacraments of the church Avill depend largely upon how the 
start is made in the Christian life. When a seeker after the 
truth is led to accept Christ, the fulness of the cliurch pro- 
gram and life ought to be intelligently presented and clear- 
ly explained, if the new convert is started in the church 
observing the sacred ordinances in a way to receive the spir- 
itual blessings to be derived therefrom, the passing years 
A\'ill witness a growing faithfulness and loyalty in the things 
which make for spiritual development and righteousness. 
But, if there is neglect and indifference in the beginning, 
the disastrous results sure to follow will be very hard to 
overcome. Through these lost opportunities and resultant 
sad conditions, it can be said now, as in Paul's day, "For 
this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a 
fcM' as 



And not only should the minister concern himself in 
teaching church ordinances, Init the faithful members of the 
church, and especially parents, have a solemn responsibility 
here. Sometimes one's example exerts a greater influence, 
for good than a dozen sermons; and the kindly word of en- 
couragement from a friend often awakens impulse and will 
that lead to action. 

One only needs to consider, even briefly, the truths em- 
bodied in the outstanding ordinances of the church to see 
both tlie needs and possibilities of ready obedience. 

Take for instance the ordinance of baptism. Here we 
have symbolized a change of state, cleansing from sin, bur- 
ial of "the old man," the putting on of "the new man," 
and the resurrection to a new life. What a remarkable 
array of Christian fundamentals! 

In the ordinance of feet-washing there is symbolized 
spiritual cleansing which the Chi'istian needs in his daily 
walk of life, humility of spirit, and willingness to serve un- 
selfishly. Is there less need of these things now than in 
Christ's day? 

In the love feast, or Lord's supper, we have a symbol 
of Christian love portraying fellowship and brotherhood and 
social equality. What a different world this would be if all 
artificial racial and class distinctions were obliterated! 

And in the communion of the bi'ead and wine there is 
symbolized confession of sin and guilt, and atonement for 
it, the promise of spiritual life, assurance of oneness with 
Christ while gro^A'ing in his likeness, and an earnest or fore- 
taste of heaven with delightful social enjoyment in the King- 
dom of God. 

AVhat vital thing is there that is related to the Christian 
life or conducive to Christian growth that is not embodied 
in the sacred ordinances of the church? Of course, I am 
not contending for a blind observance of them merely for 
the sake of rendering a formal obedience. There is neither 
value nor spiritual life and power in any mere ordinance. 
All sacraments are a means and not an end. Whether they 
have any real and abiding value to us depends upon how we 
keep them, for the elficacy of an ordinance lies in the par- 
ticipant's fulfilment of the conditions whereby the blessings 
are given. The thought that should always be remembered 
is that in the ordinances rightly kept we have beautifully, 
concretely, and .strikingly set forth the great fundamental 
principles and truths of the Christian religion; so that in- 
stead of being emptj' forms to be lightly cast aside they are 
full of spirit and life. 

Sometimes we hear people say, "There is nothing in this 
or that particular ordinance for me." Well, that is prob- 
ably true for the one ivho says it. Certainly it should not be 
expected that there would be anything in an ordinance for 
the person who has neA^er kept it. But the one who hp'- 
never made the test is no competent Avitness. The promise 



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is only to the doer, and he who fails here misses the rewards 
of privilege accepted and dnty done. Jesus said, "If ye 
know these things blessed are ye if ye DO them;" not if 
you read or talk or wonder or speculate or argue alxtul 
them ! 

In considering this subject •\\e must not forget tliat 
we are li^-ing in the t^ventieth century, instead of in the 
first -when ordinances were instituted in tlie Christian 
church. Ours is what has been called "a practical age." 
Authority is everywhere being ciuestioned. The church and 
its ancient forms must cope with the present. Today men 
face the ordinances with the question, "What difference do 
they make?" The question is. "Are they really M'orth 
while?" They must stand the pragmatic test. 

In teaching the ordinances we must bear all these things 
in mind. And we can do it without fear or hesitation, for, 
viewed aright, they have a most practical value in the relig- 
ious life of today., They are both scientific and psycholog- 
ical. They are not accidents of time and place, but as ex- 
pressions of the Avisdom of God, they are perfect symbols 
of vital and fundamental principles that are universally 
applicable and which all may understand and from -which 
all may receive help. Underlying them are laws just as well 
defined and certain in operation as the laws of seedtime and 
harvest or of physical growth. Organic life requires food 
and exercise; spiritual life likewise grows and develops. By 
'meeting the conditions of the laws of the ordinances there 
follo^^■s spiritual life and growth and strength. These sym- 
bols suggest religious or spiritual truths, at once elemen- 
tary and fundamental, which, when acted iipon, make of us 
new creatures possessing powers of conduct, service, sacri- 
fice, and piety which we did not have before and wdrich can 



not be gained otherwise. The permanent and paramount 
value of any ordinance always lies in the significance of the 
truth for which it stands; and its observance is liighly im- 
portant Ijccause when the symbol is neglected the truth back 
' of it will soon be forgotten. 

These then are some of the considerations to be taken 
into account in teaching the ordinances of the church. 
Something more is needed than to quote the Bible to prove 
they are authoritative. That is readily granted. They must 
be vitally linked and related to the life we now live in a 
reasonable and practical way or they will not make the 
i'.ppeal they should to the modern man. The keeping of 
them is important not only because they are scriptural, but 
because they are conducive to spiritual growth and godli- 
ness. Every Christian needs just what they are designed to 
.'^upply. They are not empty symbols unrelated to daily 
life, but are perfectly adapted to our common experience 
and adequately meet the crying needs of the soid. The faith- 
ful keeping of them does make a great difference in life and 
character. If faith in God, living the Christ-life, obeying 
the commandments, does not produce the highest and sub- 
liDiest type of Christian character, then what will? The or- 
dinances will never become powerless or obsolete because 
the principles and truths they symbolize are divine and 
eternal. What "sons of disobedience" may say about their 
futility is as nothing compared with the commanding voice 
of Jesus Christ. Man's assumption is not God's wisdom. 
The ordinances of tne chiirch embody the infinite wisdom 
of God intent upon man's salvation and gro'\\'th in Christ- 
likeness ;and happy, yea, thrice blessed, is he who accepts 
that wisdom by a living faith and manifests it in works of 
joyous obedience. 



What WilPPut Power Into the Church? 

By Robert F. Porte 



This is an interesting question to every church worker. 
It's answer will lighten the burden of the Kingdom of God 
on earth a great deal. We are anxiously looking for ways 
and means to encourage interest in our churches and it may 
surprise you to know that power is the thing of interest. It 
is the potential energy hidden in nature that begets a live- 
ly interest. We look with awe iipon the mighty engine be- 
cause of its power. After all, power comes from the pres- 
ence of life, whether it be in nature or man. Man has organ- 
ized nature and used the possibilities to his advancement. 
God has endowed plant life M'ith a hidden power that brings 
change and color to the landscape. The very world about 
us is alive with energy waiting for some use and challenging 
our co-operation. 

The church that is interesting to me is the church that 
does things. I believe my idea is not new^ but is the expe- 
rience of many others. It is the church with a purpose and 
a program that creates a lively interest in its members and 
community. Not the church however, that spends its time 
on trifles but the church that really fulfills the mission of 
the chui'ch. The early church was alive with activity and 
possessed a power that resisted the oppres.sion of formidable 
foes. The interesting church is not necessarily the largest 
or most beautiful but must possess the very thing that the 
individuals around it need so much. Our churches need 
power in order that we may carry the load resting upon us. 
I would not suggest the elimination of any organization or 
duty but would suggest we seek to increase the volume of 
power. 

The one out-standing way of inducing power in our 
chui'phes is through the really converted constituency. This 
is old and somewhat commonplace to some, but is the very 
foundation of the road to power. The individual must be 
purified and cleansed to do his best. By conversion, I mean 
to suggest that the individual has staked his dearest treasure 
for the success and triumph of the church on Jesus Christ. 
If we would be willing to die for the sake of the honor and 



triumph of tlie church Ave would be unconquerable. The 
difference between merely belonging to an organization and 
being a vital part of an organization is quite apparent. The 
person who is not truly surrendered to Christ and his Avork 
can never be a power. The influences of the world will in- 
creasingly prevent it. The possibility of power will be great- 
ly increased by complete insulation from sin. 

The church should not be merely a helper on an equality 
with other agencies, but should be the power house and the 
foundry of character. The church should be so exalted by 
the genuine character of her members that the Avorld Avould 
look to the church in the hours of deepest need with confi- 
dence of "lielp. We have been OA^er-anxious to exercise the 
hiimanitarian side of the Master's example of conduct to the 
impoverishment of the inner source of poAver. We need to 
l^ray for eyes to distinguish betAveen what is sinful and Avhat 
is holy and right. 

The next step that seems very vital to me in making our 
churches poA\'erfu] is that of Christian enlightenment. Do 
your members Ivuoav Avhat the faith of Jesus Christ means? 
If they do you Avill have a imit of supreme poAver. The doc- 
trines of the church to Avhieh I belong ought to be the em- 
bodiment of Christian ideal and teaching tOAvard Avhich I 
A\-ill diligently strive. The individual Avho belongs to a par- 
ticular church because it is the most popular and largest in 
the toAvn is nothing but a cork tossed upon the billoAvs as 
far as his Christian service goes. And further, let me sug- 
gest that this is why quite frequently Ave notice the poAver 
of the big church under proportion to the power of the lit- 
tle church ai'ound the iorner. If a church has doctrines that 
are implicitly believed and heartily accepted, and an organ- 
ic union is effected of such members, that church cannot help 
approaching the place of greatest poAver and usefulness. 
The only unity of the denominations that Avill bring a poAver- 
ful force Avill be the union based upon the doctrines of Jesus, 
accepted just as the Master gave them to the disciples. The 



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church's power depends, I believe, upon her devotion to the 
commands of her Lord. 

The church that will possess power must be a church 
whose members are one in purpose and action. The only 
thing for the individual members to specialize on should be 
the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus in all the world. I be- 
lieve that the great program outlined by our church and 
the siuiilar programs of the other churches is a sign of 
returning to awakening power. Any church that pulls away 
from these endeavors is absolutely headed for oblivion. The 
influence of such a church at home or abroad will be an ex- 
ample of the theory of limits. Education, foreign missions, 
home missions, all benevolent work, must receive imited sup- 
port from every member and every church, if we individ^^- 
ally or collectively are to have power. The business man or 
woman must be just as consecrated to the service of God in 
the church as the minister. If this program which I have 
just mentioned be carried out we will have properly equipped 
institutions which will mean rapid extension, better service, 
and a sin-cursed world saved from the way of death. We 
must be consistent in our individualistic and social ideas, by 
combining these forces and factors in the right proportion. 
The extreme individualist loses his power by the lack of use 
through the social channels. He will lose his soul just as the 
man in the parable of the talents lost his reward through 
the lack of use of what he had. The extremist in the teach- 
ing of the modern social doctrines loses his power by paving 
a road to the foiintain and forgetting to see that the foun- 
tain itself is cared for. The social theory loses its size and 
intensity by the over extensity of its alleged power. I am 
endeavoring to leave this thought; that we as parts of the 
organism of the church find our greatest strength not in self- 
annihilation in the organization nor by too boldly and baldly 
heralding our o■^\^l dogmas or ideas, but rather uniting our 
efforts for the one supreme glory that shall attend the efforts 
of all Christ's disciples truly united. The glory of the Christ 
and the salvation of the world is a greater gain than the 
fact that any individual has shown himself to be superior 



to his felloM-s. We win if we contend lawfully in the Chris- 
tian race. 

The last, and perhaps the most important, step in mak- 
ing our churches powerful is to make the church a spiritual 
church. By a spii'itual church I mean a church that is hon- 
ored by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit at every ser- 
vice. The success of the first Christians is explained by the 
fact that they had the presence of the Holy Spirit. The 
Jews refused the leading and teaching of the Christ and cru- 
cified him when he claimed to be their Messiah and Avhat 
the Jew reaped is an evident fact of history. It might be 
a surpi-ise to some to know that many Christians are doing 
with the blessed third Person of the trinity what the Jews 
did with the Son of God. They refuse the Holy Spirit's lead- 
ing and his teaching, and crucify him by denying his di- 
vine origin and work. The future of the church or people 
who despise the Holy Spirit Avill be like the experiences of 
the Jew who despised the Christ. I am not an alarmist nor 
a pessimist but no people can achie^^e success in saving the 
Avorld, which all admit is the purpose of i-eligion, unless we 
are lexland juided by God's representative on earth, the 
HoTy Spirit. _The Holy S^pirit is the agent of God carrying 
Ms secrets_t.o--us and making our questions known to him. 
The church member who never reads his Bible nor prays will 
absolutely lose interest in the church and his own soul. A 
dependent spirit-directed church is a powerful church. An 
independent, rationalistic, non spii-it-directed, doubting 
church is as weak as the man of Sin would care for. What 
does the private soldier know about what is in the mind of 
his superior officer? He simply obeys when the word is spok- 
en withoiit question. What business have I or you, mere 
mortals, to expect to know God's thought or to endeavor to 
demonstrate to God what his commandments mean. When 
God 's Word says ' ' Go ye ' ' it is ours not to question why but 
to go directed by his Spirit and if necessary to do and to die. 
The spiritual church is a church in which the Spirit has his 
way, and where the Holy Spirit has his way God is supreme, 
and Jesus is reverenced and worshipped as Savior. 



Change Cars By e. m. cobb 



I was down town one day in Dayton, and wanted to come 
home. I took a Third street car, for I knew that was the 
one that would take me to my place. In about twenty min- 
utes when I thought we ought to be home, and looked up 
from my paper, to my surprise, I was at the extreme other 
end of the city. I had been riding on a Third street car all 
right, but I was turned around in that city, and I got an 
East Third instead of a West Third. Do you know that the 
best thing in the world I could think of for me to do Avas to 
change cars. 

When you see you are on the wrong train, why don't 
you change cars? What is the use to be going in the wrong 
direction and keep on going when you know you have to 
turn around and come back? It is a waste of energy. Every 
mile you go in the wrong direction means Iavo miles ; yes, it 
means three miles, because you have to make the one mile 
and make it back again and then make the mile in the right 
direction, which should have been the first one made. The 
life that you have, the opportunities that are before you and 
the ability that the Creator has blessed you with are things 
for material uses in this world. We are to use and not to 
abuse these God-given faculties. When one sees that he is 
beating the air and climbing unsurmountable obstacles and 
trying to swim a river that cannot be passed over, in other 
words, trying to defy the inevitable, it is simply a matter of 
being on the wrong train. Change cars. 

How often Ave find a farmer behind the counter; or 
again, hoAv often does it occur that Avhenever a man has 
health that is insufficient for any other occupation he is di- 
rected to the ministry? If he has not sense enough to learn 
anything else he is sent to the farm. A large majority of 



men AA'ould be found mauling a horse over the head Avith a 
club if he Avould get into the Avrong stall, but there is no 
one to maul the man who gets on the Avrong train. He only 
aA\-aits the rcAA'ard of merit that fate has for him in the end. 
So the more sen.sible thing to do, my dear friend, is to exam- 
ine your ticket and see Avhether or not you are on the right 
train. If you find that you are not, change cars. The earlier 
you do this in life, the sooner you Avill reach your desired 
haven. It matters not hoAv much money you have, it matters 
not Avhat knoAvledge you may be in possession of — the more 
knoAvledge and more money, if on the Avrong train, the faster 
you Avill travel in the AArong direction. Would to God that 
some kind canopy might thunder out above you in tones 
that reverberate through the univei'se, "Change cars!" 

WOMEN AND THE WORLD WAR 

Never before have Avomen played such a large part in 
Avar as in the late Avorld Avar. Heretofore it Avas only the 
men Avho Avent forth to do battle, Avhile the women remained 
at home to care for the fields and the fioeks. In this Avar 
the Avomen not only kept the home fii'cs burning, but also 
did a great part in the actual carrying on of the war. 

Thousands of these Avomen Avere scattered along every 
battle line, risking their lives and giving themselves as free- 
ly, as imselfishly and as courageously as men did, to drive 
from the earth all fear of the iron heel of Prussianism. They 
Avere found in the base and field hospitals, and canteens 
and dressing rooms, in the Y. M. C. A. litits — everyAA'here, 
and Avere an indispensable factor in carrying on the Avar. 
And to them the men must boAv in grateful recognition 
Avhen thev think Avhat might have happened Avithout their 
help.— B. ■ 



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Forty Kinds of Fools By Charles a. Bame, p. p. 



TEXT— "Professing themselves to be wi 

These are the words of the philosopher of the church. 
The wisdom of man is foolishness with God. Man's egotism 
very often gets him into trouble and makes a fool of him. 
Good old Young in his "Night Thoughts" says at thirty 
man suspects himself a fool, knows it at forty and reforms 
his plan," And again, "men niay live fools but fools they 
cannot die." 

Christ found a great many fools in his day, and was not 
slow to use the term. With resurrection lips he called some 
of his own disciples fools because they were slow of heart to 
believe. In the mind of God egotism, foolishness and infidel- 
ity go together. So said Paul in this text: "When they pro- 
fessed themselves to be wise they became fools, and then 
changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image of 
corruptible man, then four-footed beasts, then birds, then 
snakes, and lizards^ — "creeping things." 

Solomon was a great student of life. His seven hundred 
women gave him a good chance. Let us go to him a bit to 
study this "fool" question. He says, "He that uttereth a 
slander is a fool." There is a slander of attitude. All Ave 
need to do to slander another is to shrug our shoulders or put 
our hand across our mouth to pass the slander on ; but to use 
our ov,ni lips is to sting our own character more than the one 
we slander. Some of these foul stories that are told about 
our felloAvmen grow about like the crop of Kansas corn. I 
tell it to illustrate: News comes from Kansas that a boy 
climbed a corn-stalk to look at the sky and that the stock is 
growing up, faster than the boy can climb down. He is 
clear out of sight. Three men have taken the contract of 
cutting down the stalk with axes to save the boy from a hor- 
rible death of freezing, but the stalk grows so fast that they 
cajuiot liit twice in the same place. The boy is living on 
green corn and has already thrown down three bushels of 
cobs, and in their despair they have telegraphed to Dayton, 
Ohio, for an aii'ship to bring him down. You laugh at that, 
but it is a story no larger in its slanderous aspect than many 
a story that is told about poor, innocent Mary Smith. 

Solomon also says, "he that is pervei'se in his lips is a 
fool." That is, a man makes himself a fool when he lies, 
yet how much of the lie there is in life. Many a man here 
would not have the wife he has if he had not lied to get her. 
Many a woman would not have the husband she has if it had 
not been for the drugstore. Many an official would not hold 
the place he does in the church if he had not been such a 
good liar. Business liars, salesman liars, society liars, church 
liars, lover liars, why there is no end to the thing. But "he 
that is perverse in his lips is a fool." I do not say it; it is 
written in God's book. Do you want to know where they all 
go? Eev. 21:8 says "The abominable and murderers and 
whoremongers and sorcerers and idolators and all liars have 
their part ill the lake that burnetii with fire." Do you like 
the gang? It is not such a small sin after all, is if? Cut out 
your lying. 

Jesus tells us about a rich fool. The old man looked out 
on his vast fields of ripening grain and said to himself, 
"Avhat am I going to do? My barns are bursting now and 
I have vast crops unharvested. What will I do ? I know, I 
will tear down my barns and build larger and there will I 



se they became fools." — Romans 1:22, 23. 

bestow my goods and then I will say to myself, "soul thou 
hast much and to spare, take thine ease, eat, drink and be 
merry." And God said to him "you are an old fool, tonight 
you will die." It would not be so bad if he were the last 
one but I venture that there are one hundred right here who 
are living in the same spirit of that fool. 

Of all the rich fools I ever heard of, however, the new- 
rich are the silliest bunch. The kind that get a big fortune 
handed down to them that they never help to make, but are 
so ready to spend; or the kind that get rich on a mine or 
oil or something of that kind. 

One of them came into an automobile salesroom inquir- 
ing about a car and said: "Do you know, sir, that we can't 
just hardly make up our minds what car to buy. Maybe you 
can help us. We are debating between a gasoline and a lim- 
ousine. Which one really smells the worst. ' ' But the money 
fools are not all rich. There are a lot of slouchy, grum, 
sour-faced fellows, ninning around clamoring against every- 
tliing as it exists, making themselves and others miserable 
because they do not have a million, imagining that poverty 
is a pass-port to the pearly gates. It isn't, "Thou shalt not 
coA^et" was written to the poor man as well as to the rich 
man. The man who is unhappy in his poverty is as bad as 
the fool who is unhappy with his money. These poor fools 
remind me of two boys and a turtle. The boys were playing 
along the banks of an old canal down in New Jersey and ran 
into one of those large specimens about as big as a tub. One 
of them caught him by the tail. The turtle snapped at him 
and rather than lose the turtle he lost his foothold and slid 
into the muddy water, being towed by his prey. He screamed 
for help and had not his playmate come to him he would 
have been droAvned. He got his prize but played the fool 
in getting it. 

One of the most detestable fools in the world is the ego- 
tistic fool. He is the biggest man in town in his own esti- 
mation, but the merest pup of a thing in the minds of many. 
Jesus said, "Do not sound the trumpet as the hypocrits do," 
but the egotistic fool is always- sounding his. He says, 
"There are just two Christians in town, so far as I know, 
Mr. Davis and myself, and I am not too sure about Mr. 
Davis. ' ' He says, ' ' There are two reasons why I always talk 
to myself: I always like to hear a sensible man talk, and I 
like to talk to a sensible man." He says, "Two things I 
can 't understand : one, how the world got on without me 
before I came ; the other, how it will get on without me 
when I am gone. ' ' How long does the knowledge of man last 
anyway? Several hundred years ago a great astronomer 
laid off the heavens and counted the stars and reported that 
there were just 1023. For three hundred years he was undis- 
puted. Then another great astronomer counted and said 
there were 1026. But now each new stronger telescope 
swings into existence more millions, and the wisdom of yes- 
terday is foolishness today. Egotism never got anybody any- 
thing. 

A DOOR KNOB TAG 

A tag printed in black and white was hung on the door 
Knob of every house in a certain parish on New Year's morn- 
ing. The tag bore a reminder of that New Year Resolution 
that had been made about church attendance and urged that 
they begin carrying it out the first Sunday. An interesting 
series of sermon subjects as well as some music specialties 
was announced. The Young Men's Bible class in co-opera- 
tion with the pastor had put them there. Their reward was 
a one hundred percent increase the first Simday. This ought 
to work at other times as well as at New Year. 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



What Counts for an Efficient Sunday School 

By E. E. Frantz 

The above and similar subjects have been so frequently 
discussed in convention and in print that we cannot hope to 
say anything new, however its importance will justify the 
restatement of the chief elements involved. 
FIRST : The Teacher. 

However much emphasis may be placed upon good or- 
ganization and other secondary appliances, the bald truth 
still remains; namely, that the only things absolutely essen- 
tial to the existence of an efficient Sunday school are conse- 
crated and pedagogical teachers, and regular and receptive 
pupils. 

It is impossible to place too much emphasis upon the 
teacher and teaching because it is here and here only that 
instruction and the soul-winning touch takes place. Better 
by far to have good instruction and no organization than 
to have perfect organization and little else. 

Method in teaching, secondary to subject-matter only, 
should have due attention. The too common use of the "Lec- 
ture Method" is perhaps the chief criticism upon our teach- 
ing and this is often excusable due to lack of separate 
class rooms, yet the all-important value of self-activity in 
education should not be overlooked, therefore pupils should 
be permitted to do, to say, and to participate as freely as 
possible during recitation period. 

When a thing so rare as a good teacher is found she 
should not be transferred to other duties which are second- 
ary, for she together with others of her kind constitute the 
SOUL of the school. 
SECOND : Equipment. 

Next perhaps in order of importance are those condi- 
tions which contribute to quiet and successful class work. 
The importance of separate class-rooms equipped with suit- 
able tables, chairs, black-boards, maps, and other illustrative 
material are second only to that of the teacher, and reason- 
able effort should be made to acquire such equipment. 

These conditions will contribute much toward that quiet 
and orderly procedure which are necessary in those moments 
of warm soul-to-soul touch. 
THIRD : Organization. 

All are agreed that, as the numbers in a school increase 
and as classes multiply, organization becomes rnore neces- 
sary and more complex, requiring the time and energy of 
more workers whose duties become more and more differen- 
tiated. For example; the pastor, school officers, department 
olficer.?, class officers, and others in charge of social affairs, 
all have their special work, yet all aim at the same end; 
namely, to interest to hold more and more people under 
forceful Bible instruction. 

Efficiency of any school is increased by necessary and 
judicious organization, but it may be hindered by over-or- 
ganization which seeks at all costs to reach certain set goals, 
which utilizes the time and energy of many that should ap- 
pear in classes surcharged witli the soul winning truth. 

Finally, if pastors, teachers, officers, and pupils all do 
their best, there still remains the responsilsility of the church 
laity which owes its constant and zealous support to make 
the school what it should be, — a responsibility which can be 
discharged by no one else. 

Reports on the Challenge 

Fremont, Ohio, Jan. 3, 1919. 
I am pleased to tell you that the Sunday school of the 
First Brethren church of Fremont has accepted the challenge 
of the Waterloo Siinday school. We hope that many others 
will also join in the race Respectfully yours, 

H. M. OBERHOLTZER. 



Ashland, Ohio, January 8th, 1919. 
To The Sunday School Brotherhood: 

It has already been announced editorially in the Evan- 
gelist that the Ashland Sunday school had accepted the 
Waterloo Challenge, but I wish to make that announcement 
official. We have accepted all seven points as outlined by 
the Waterloo cohort, and are after the high star. 

A. H. HENDRICKSON, Superintendent. 



TRAINING SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN JAPAN 

Christian Japanese of Osaka recently gave $100 to the 
Sunday School Association of Japan with which to purchase 
a teachers' circulating library of the best Sunday school edu- 
cational books, to be loaned to English-speaking Japanese 
workers. This indicates the deepening interest in the relig- 
ious education of the youth in Japan. 

Sunday school leaders have been fostering this move- 
ment for years. Already some twenty-five Sunday school 
books have been produced in Japanese, a number of them 
written by Japanese. The teacher training course has now 
22 classes enrolled and provides for recognition of complete 
work by certificate. 

The Summer Training School at Kaniizawa has been 
very successful. Every pro^^nce in Japan was represented 
last year when eighty-four were registered. The subjects 
of school organization, Sunday school pdagogy, etc., are pre- 
sented by Sunday school experts, notes taken and recogni- 
tion given. A Sunday school exhibit adds to the effective- 
ness of the training. 



THE AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION 

Nine hundred and twelve churches have grown out of 
the schools organized in the last eleven years. 

In one hundred years it has circulated $12,000,000 to 
$15,000,000 worth of Bibles and Testaments and religious 
works, and has organized 131,814 Sunday schools (an aver- 
age of over three schools for each day in 100 years). Into 
these schools have gathered 699,034 teachers and 5,179,570 
scholars. 

WHITE GIFTS OP VICTORY AND PEACE 

The following "White Gifts" were received since last 
report : 

Highland, Pa., $ 15.50 

Peru, Ind., 13.43 

Linwood, Md., 20.00 

Altoona, Pa., 29.12 

West Alexandria, Ohio, 5.00 

Hagerstown, Md., 100.00 

Ardmore, Ind., 5.42 

Berlin, Pa., 60.00 

Uniontown, Pa., (additional), 2.18 

Roann, Ind., 60.00 

Gratis, Ohio, 15.68 

Meyersdale, Pa., 60.00 

Masontown, Pa., 10.00 

Elkhart, Ind ■ • 34.77 

Allentown, Pa., 5.20 

Palls City, Neb., 42.84 

Flora, Ind., • • 30.60 

Total $509.74 

Previously reported, 259.50 

Grand Total $769.24 

ALBERT TRENT, 
General Secretary-Treasurer, 



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MISSIONS 



Missionary Possibilities of the Central West 

By G. T. Ronk 



Last year's survey revealed possibilities for 
church extension in every district, judged by 
the size and location of present groups of 
Brethren who might serve as the nucleus of 
new churches. But the survey revealed some- 
thing more: that in a long view of the 
church 's future its great future lies west of 
the state of Ohio, in the middle and far west. 
This is from no inherent disposition in the 
people of the last named sections but simply 
because we are getting started too late in the 
eastern sections and the population is already 
crystallized in denominational moulds in the 
middle class on whom our hope must rest. The 
increase of the shifting industrial classes and 
the foreign element further complicate the 
problem, making any great advance laborious 
and slow in the extreme. Brilliant opportu- 
nities will always be present, it is true, but 
nothing of the open nature that still faces 
the church in the west. 

Migration has played a large part in the 
spread of all denominations in the United 
States. Especially is this true among the 
Brethren bodies, so true that a new church 
is practically an impossibility without a 
sprinkling of the old stock for seed. Eeal 
Brethren churches, true to spirit, cannot be 
grown short of a generation, notwithstanding 
showy evangelistic results. Our faith is after 
all a culture requiring personal illustration, 
teaching and the growth through time. A gen- 
eral realization of this will be most salutary 
for our mission enterprises. It should cause 
us no alarm for it has been so from the be- 
ginning. Did not the early apostles build on 
the foundation of the Jewish synagogues 
throughout the Eoman Empire? Even so our 
greatest success will lie along the lines of 
Brethren migration. 

The general lines of this migration can be 
stated graphically thus: beginning in Somer- 
set County, Pennsylvania, the greatest migra- 
tory center of Brethren peoples, from Mey- 
ersdale draw a line through Chicago to the 
point where Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa meet, 
thence southwest to the center of Kansas; 
from the same point of beginning draw an- 
other line through Dayton, Indianapolis, and 
on to central Kansas. These two lines form 
the actual route of migration of Brethren 
peoples from Pennsylvania and Virginia west. 
On the ledge of this great triangle or within 
fi-fty miles of them you will find practically 
all the Brethren peoples of the section of the 
central United States. Add, if you wish two 
braces to the low pitched roof thus formed, 
one from Indianapolis to Goshen, another 
from near Quincy, Illinois to Waterloo, Iowa, 
with a ladder running from your roof near 
Quincy down to the floor of your house in 
Kentucky and you will complete the lines of 
all Tunker churches. The ladder is the line 
of migration of the far western Brethren, 
known also as the Wolfe Brethren, who ar- 
rived in Illinois first and started a string of 
churches, out of connection with, other Breth- 



ren in America, and unknown to many of the 
eastern church, but later uniting with the 
eastern church. 

To complete the figure, start from Phila- 
delphia, running through Altoona and Cone- 
maugh to Johnstown, thence south through 
Myersdale and Hagerstown to southern Vir- 
ginia, thence back to Philadelphia, and you 
will get another triangle whose legs repre- 
sent quite closely eastern Brethrenism in all 
branches today. The original lines of migra- 
tion here, I believe, were rather from Phila- 
delphia through Lancaster county to Myers- 
dale, thence north and south in parallel lines 
to central Pennsylvania and Virginia, but the 
triangle represents pretty well ipresent condi- 
tions. 

Beginning in Central Kansas, run through 
north of Denver, Colorado, near Idaho Falls, 
Idaho, through Spokane to Seattle, Washing- 
ton, thence south to Los Angeles, California, 
thence east and north to Central Kansas, and 
you get another triangle that bears on its 
legs the western churches, the mass of western 
isolated members, and the greatest field for 
church extension in the world. 

Thus in three great triangles we find our 
opportunities as we proceed west; with the 
opportunities growing progressively as we go 
on into country less crystallized in everything 
but sin. Per capita wealth among the middle 
classes, general culture, liberality, openness 
to conviction, breadth of view and public ed- 
ucation likewise increase in the same way to- 
ward the Pacific coast (contrary to the gen- 
eral impression of eastern people) until in the 
coast states there is found the highest paid 
teachers and most rigid tests in the country. 
Bnt, on the other hand, utter infidelity, for- 
eign cults, Christless worldly churches, fanat- 
ical spirit movements and "what not" pre- 
vail. While in educational work the writer 
once visited a rich county in this country 
where there were two towns of from three to 
five thousand, at least ten thousand people, 
some of the richest mines in the world, an 
educational system second to none in equip- 
ment and exactions, yet but two churches in 
the county, a tiny Catholic chapel open once 
a month, and an open side tabernacle for a 
holiness band in a secluded valley far from 
the population centers. This can be duplicat- 
ed in many places in the west, though there 
are many well churched cities. 

The problem of the central west is far dif- 
ferent as a whole. Sentiment is not nearly 
so crystallized as in the east nor is there the 
unchurched condition of the west, neither the 
unbelief, opposition, or radicalism. In fact 
wherever there is a nucleus of Brethren the 
time is opportune and the need urgent. An- 
other generation and many opportunities will 
pass forever. Now is the time to get in 
though it be with but a small beginning. Ter- 
ritory should be pre-empted and the doctrine 
taught, for the east is steadily moving west. 

Viewed as such possibilities are practically 



unlimited in this great area of the first tri- 
angle. Groups are numerous which would 
form a nucleus for strategically located 
churches from which whole counties could be 
indoctrinated with the whole gospel plea. 
There is a hungering for such a message and 
a field when once the project is properly 
launched. The first and last great lack is 
for men to do this work. God give us men! 
Men who are not seeking a career but a ser- 
vice and who are willing to go out in the spir- 
it of the foreign missionaries or like a St. 
Paul from group to group to stir up the peo- 
ple to remembrance. The field awaits; suc- 
cessful methodology has been worked out; 
the task waits on men — successful men who 
have found themselves in regular pastoral 
work and will launch out in this great work 
of the church. May God grant us the faith 
and devotion to make our possibilities into 
actualities. 



MISSIONARY NEEDS 

Twenty years ago John E. Mott, at the head 
of the Student Volunteer Movement, asked 
for 50,000 young men and the money to sup- 
port them in his program for the evangeliza- 
tion of the world in the present generation. 
We gave 205,000 young men, and transported 
more than two million men to England and 
France, and these men were ready to give 
their lives, while we at home were pledged 
to support them to our last dollar. 

If we had heard the voice of the prophet 
and evangelized the world, Germany included, 
then there would have never been a world 
war. Are we ready to heed the call? 



SOME MISSIONARY HARDSHIPS 

A missionary in Korea, when asked what 
constituted the real hardships of missionary 
life, said that it was not in the danger of 
murder or robbery, or in living in uncomfort- 
able homes and eating strange food. A trip 
into heathen territory, described by this mis- 
sionary, is illustrative of one of the many 
kinds of hardship. "We happened in the 
home of Mr. Yi, more poverty-stricken in man- 
ners than the average Korean. This home 
consisted of grandfather and son, four grand- 
sons, all married, several great grandsons, all 
married, and a host of servants; and all, it 
seemed, spending their whole time in the 
guest room. But the chief trial came when 
I sat down to eat. They had never dreamed 
the world held such a sight. The knife and 
fork I used, the small size of my mouthfuls, 
the absence of red isepper in my food — in fact 
all I did was the subject of unconsored con- 
versation. Here I stayed for three days, nev- 
er having one moment to myself. I got near 
to the people, but was worn out mentally and 
spiritually by the contact, and it was a relief 
to get home and eat and sleep in peace again. 
I know now how the Master must have felt 
when the Pharisees crowded about and freely 
commented on his eating with unwashed 
hands. ' ' 



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J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



G. C. Carpenter 

SECRETARY 



Set Your Society in Order. By j. a. Garber 



No, this does not imply that there is gen- 
eral disorder. It is a blunt way of asking 
all our societies to prepare for a rapidly ap- 
proaching birthday celebration. It is only 
three weeks until 

Christian Endeavor Week, February 2-9 

If the intervening days arc consecrated to 
careful preparation the eight days of special 
effort will prove most fruitful in results. Study 
the daily program, outlined below, with a 
view of determining as early as possible what 
your society should and will do. Eemember 
"Low aim, not failure, is crime." 

Chrstian Endeavor Day comes on the first 
Sunday. It should be a time of Endeavor ral- 
lying throughout the entire church. Do your 
work so thoroughly that when the day closes 
there will not be a teachable person who has 
attended any service that does not know the 
history and leading principles of Christian 
Endeavor. Tell your story in the Sunday 
school. Have it told in the church services. 
Perhaps your pastor will tell it. 

Other Great Days: Monday is fellowship 
day. The idea is to consider your relation- 
ship with the union in which you share mem- 
bership. Attend the meeting, if one is held. 
Check up on your standards and note your 
standing. Tuesday evening may be used for 
a patriotic service, consisting of appropriate 
music, talks from returned soldiers or letters 
from those yet away and a consideration of 
urgent civic duties. Wednesday is church 
loyalty day. Surprise the pastor with a hun- 
dred percent attendance from the Endeavor- 
ers and with some special contribution to the 
meeting. Thursday is planned to introduce a 
comparatively new feature. Christian Endea- 
vor Alumni. All who have given ten years 
or more of service may be organized into an 
alumni association. Why not have an En- 
deavor luncheon and have the older members 
give reminiscences with responses from some 
of the younger ones. Friday is set apart for 
the Intermediates, while Saturday is devoted 
to the Juniors. The idea is to provide a good 
time meeting for both, inviting other children 
who maj- be encouraged to joint these so- 
cieties. 

Decision Day is reserved for the second 
Sundaj-. It is the time of ingathering. Then 
an opportunity will be given for decisions 
and one may decide to become a Christian, an 
Endeavorcr, Quiet Hour Comrade, Tenth Le- 
gioner. Patriotic Servant, Life Work Recruit. 
Here is another chance to make good on our 
Four Year Challenge. If any goal has not 
been reached plan to attain it at this oppor- 
tune time. Advertise the meeting in a most 
attractive wa}'. Provide an interesting meet- 
ing with the program hereinafter mentioned 
and supplied by our Life Work department 
on the occasion of Ashland College Night. 

New Life Work Superintendent 

Herewith we present a likeness of Brother 
Edwin Boardman, Jr. To many of our En- 
deavorers he needs no introduction. Quite a 
number learned to know him peisonally in re- 



cent General conferences, and those that were 
not privileged to form a personal acquain- 
tance will remember him as entertaining di- 
rector of social functions, an energetic lead- 
er of college yells and an enthusiastic direc- 
tor of conference singing. He became inter- 
ested in Christian work through our society 
in Philadeli^hia. Feeling himself definitely 
called to the ministry he came to Ashland 
College for the needed preparation, and will 
graduate this coming June. He has been a 
leader in college functions, and has exhibited 
a spirit of fine loyalty. He is a student vol- 
unteer, and is preparing to go to Africa as 
a herald of glad tidings to a benighted peo- 
ple. Thus training, experience and conse- 
cration make it possible for him to enter 
whole-heartedly upon his new work. We ear- 
nestly solicit the undivided support of all our 
young people in his behalf. You did splen- 




EDWIN BOARDMAN, JR 

didly by Brother Lambert, the former success- 
ful incumbent, and we are happy to believe 
that you will yield hearty co-operation to the 
superintendency of Brother Boardman. All 
together for our most successful Christian En- 
deavor Week and Ashland College Night. 



Life Work 

By Edwin Boardman, Jr. 

Life Work Recruits, more Life Work Re- 
cruits and then more Recruits than ever. This 
must be the story of the immediate years of 
Christian effort. 

What am I to do with my life, is a ques- 
tion facing young people today. The call of 
the world comes loudly: "Young life hear my 
call. See I have fame, material wealth and 
ease to offer those who will devote themselves 
unceasingly to me. Seek to do my will and 
I will give you all that your heart can de- 
sire." The plea is strong and appealing and 
many young lives on the threshold of mature 
experience are lured by the white lights, lim- 
ousines and apparent luxury. So, year after 
year finds increasing numbers of young people 



giving their whole time to the professions 
and the great world of industry and com- 
merce. 

All unheeded goes the voice of the Master 
of men as he calls for young life to enter 
his service. His pleading voice — ' ' Come, fol- 
low me" — falls on deaf ears and we fail to 
note the beckoning hands which would show 
us our task. Can it be possible that we hear 
the call of the material world and cannot 
hear the World Maker as he calls us to a 
spiritual service? Yes, this seems to be the 
truth of the matter and the shame is ours. 

This age is a needy age and its supreme 
need is the life and teachings of Jesus. This 
has been true of every age but we are confi- 
dent that it is most true of our present time. 
Prussianism with its emphasis on "might 
makes right" and "the survival of the fit- 
test" has been crushed, but as this monster 
expires behold a deadlier spirit arises in its 
place. Bolshevism with its emphasis on an- 
archy, chaos and world dominion is a foe to be 
feared. A recent editorial in the Saturday 
Evening Post describes Bolshevism as "hell 
let loose ' ' and we believe it as we view 
wretched Russia today. We say the world is 
at peace but every issue of our daily papers 
denies the fact. Peace conferences can be 
held, national boundaries may be established 
and theoretically all may be lovely but until 
the turbulent, rebellious spirit of man is 
calmed, conquered and consecrated by divine 
power, history will still record "one death 
struggle in the darkness twixt old systems 
and the Word." 

The Christian leader holds the key to the 
future and this is the reason we are urging 
young people to enter the service of Jesus 
Christ. A Life Work recruit is one who ded- 
icates his or her life to Jesus for very definite 
Christian service. Preachers, teachers, doc- 
tors, dentists, printers, athletic directors, and 
music teachers are a few of the many lines 
of activity open to Spirit filled men and wo- 
men who would surrender their whole life to 
Christian service. These are the factors that 
will really help to "make the world safe for 
democracy" and best of all will "make de- 
mocracy safe for the world." 

The Life Work department of our National 
Christian Endeavor work is especially inter- 
ested in recruiting for Christ. Our work is 
two-fold: — (1) to help young people to de- 
cified through the Spirit their life course; (2) 
to strive to interest these recruits in vital 
preparation for their life work. 

On the second Sunday n February we ex- 
pect to make a drive for $350.00 to aid Ash- 
land College in its efforts to keep the chair of 
Religious Education adequately supported. 
Prof. J. A. Garber has done and is doing ex- 
cellent work in this department and he de- 
serves our hearty support. An extended an- 
nouncement will be made in a later issue of 
the Evangelist regarding "Ashland College 
Night." 

All inquiries regarding Life Work should 
be sent to me at Ashland College. If I can 
help any young life in their Life Work choice, 
I am at your service. 



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NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES 

It yet belongs to the old year, to report 
for the Baltimore Brethren, the first difficulty 
overcome — the securing of a place for wor- 
ship. After months of searching there was 
nothing left on the horizon, but the gracious 
officer of the Arlington Presbyterian church, 
to use their frams building on Sunday after- 
noons in which they hold their Sunday school 
in the morning. 

The next difficulty to meet is to get this 
spacious room somewhat filled. I found no 
new faces on my return from the Eidgely re- 
vival, where I had gone to help, while trust- 
ing for the doop to open in Baltimore. My 
leaving also gave fine occasion to discover to 
the people Brother William's ability as teach- 
er and leader. He has proven himself a cred- 
it to his former church, Warsaw, Indiana. 
My absence worked out much good in other 
lines but not in attendance. How to get our 
ranks increased, is a problem made the more 
difficult, since the after effect of a sprained 
knee has put a new limit on the number of 
doorsteps a day. That this difficulty be 
speedily met is our additional prayer request 
brought to distant helpers pledged to stand 
back of us. There is more than one way for 
the answer to come. I am thinking of the 
girls at Winona conference who desired to 
get the actual training in city church work. 
If you see the opportunity, as we see the oc- 
casion, write. But the cause calls for im- 
mediate action, and some of our women, who 
have the spirit of the early Mary, have prom- 
ised to go out with me this week. Might 
this be one purpose of my trial — Christmas 
blessing. 

It is the testimony of Christian workers, 
that there never has been a time when diffi- 
culties have piled up as now. I am willing 
to accept also the personal lesson in it, as 
brought out by the Christmas messages sent 
by friends who did not know how well it 
applied. ' ' In quietness and confidence — 
strength"; "Go slowly, you are too ambi- 
tious to accomplish much in a short time." I 
confess I was never more so than now. But 
no thought has come with greater force than 
what Dan Crawford brought a few years ago 
from the interior of black Africa, so Ezekiel 
too has become my torch-bearer for the year. 
The prisoner by the river Chebar, who could 
not run himself, God gave him to see the 
Throne on wheels doing the running for him 
(Ezkl. 1;10). 

"Face to face with all the mad, unaskable 
questions of destiny here, I have m.y sacred 
solution at last. Am I stuck fast in a seem- 
ing conspiracy of circumstances, no advance 
possible? Then the throne of God is on om- 
nipresent wheels, and he can run where it 
would not be safe for me to try. These whir- 
ring wheels of my God are in consoling con- 
trast to the Chebar chains. Up to this 

point God's throne was revealed as the most 
unmovable thing in the universe. Seated on 
the Eock of Eternity, there was the high 
throne of God, unshaken and irrevocable. But 
here I see the same throne whirring on these 
wheels of celestial celerity. God immovable, 



yet always on the move; God unchangeable, 
but always here and there for the succor of 
the soul." VIANNA DETWILEE. 

5105 Wilson Ave., Arlington, Baltimore, Md. 



ASHLAND, OHIO 



Having been without a pastor for a year 
the church at Ashland has chosen Brother J. 
A. Garber to minister to them, he giving to 
this service as much of his time as his other 
duties will permit. 

The activities of the church here, as else- 
where, have been interrupted and handicapped 
by the epidemic. Meetings of all kinds were 
suspended for six Sundays, during October 
and November, necessitating the postpone- 
ment of some special services and a complete 
abandonment of one, at least, in which the 
church was looking forward to a great bless- 
ing, not only to the people locally but to 
every one participating. I refer to the Bible 
Institute and College Rally which was to 
have commenced the last week in November. 

On November 17, an installation service foi 
the new pastor, the Sunday school superin- 
tendent, and departmental officers was con- 
ducted. It was a new kind of service for this 
church, and was very impressive. The charge 
and exhortation to the church by Dr. J. Al- 
len Miller, the charge to the pastor-elect by 
Elder A. D. Gnagey, and the response by 
Brother J. A. Garber were reminders that not 
all the responsibility rested upon the pastor, 
but that each individual member of the 
church has a personal responsibility and that 
the success of the church depends very much 
upon how well we co-operate with the pastor 
and one another in the service of the Master. 
The Ashland church rejoices in having secur- 
ed the leadership of Brother Garber and in- 
tends under his direction to make most, if not 
all the Four Year goals. We will strive by 
united effort to that end. 

The Sunday school has accepted the chal- 
lenge of the Waterloo Sunday school and the 
superintendent, A. C. Hendrickson, and the 
officers and teachers are planning in addition 
for goals of our own to strive for. 

J. L. HAMILTON. 



HOME MISSION NOTES 
A Fine Suggestion 
A certain board of mnssions, not ours, re- 
ceived the following letter written on that 
historical day, November 11, 1918. Only one 
of the 1,631,748 members in that church thus 
showed his appreciation of the coming of 
j)cace. He wrote: "On the day that an- 
nouncement is made that Germany has seen 
the light that right is more than might, I wish 
to assist in spreading the gospel that ' Truth 
shall make you free' to other enslaved peo- 
ples, even though their bonds be those of 
spiritual ignorance, and not the cruel restric- 
tions of a military despot, and accordingly as 
a 'Thank Offering' for God's greatest bless- 
ing today, to me as well as to the rest of the 
Christian world, I hand you herewith my 
check for $500 to assist in spreading Christ's 
gospel of freedom." 



How many of our readers will get this sug- 
gestion and act upon it? It is not too late. 
Churches that have not taken the Thanksgiv- 
ing offering for Home Missions should do so 
at the earliest possible time. Only thirty 
cents per member is the amount asked. 
Every church can reach the goal. How many 
will? Pastors, it is up to you to frame the 
answer. 

Open Windows 

One good brother sends a generous con- 
tribution for Kentucky mission work and 
writes: "In spite of illness and affliction the 
Lord has prospered me, so that my tithe per- 
mits my sending you the amount named." 

Faithful tithing opens the windows of heav- 
en. If every member of the Brethren church 
would test God's plan and pay the tithe to 
God 's work faithfully one year the whole 
world would be astonished at the results both 
in dollars and spiritual life and souls won. 
This would mean a multitude of souls won to 
Christ where now only a few are won. 
Alarming Indeed! 

"Zion's Herald says that statistics recent- 
ly published show that there is occasion for 
serious thought concerning the work of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. While the de- 
nomination has made an apparent net gain of 
a little more than 30,000 in the last year, it 
is said that the church is indebted to foreign 
fields in Southern Asia for more than 29,000 
of that number. The alarm is set in the fact, 
according to these statistics, that the church 
in America has gained only about a thousand 
members in twelve months. ' ' 

What is the net gain in the Brethren church 
in the past twelve months? We sing "Here 
on business for the King, ' ' but actions speak 
louder than words always. The vital ques- 
tion is. What are we doing as individuals and 
as local churches, as ministers and laymen to 
win souls? May 1919 be the best year for 
the salvation of many both far and near, that 
the Brethren church has ever known. 

G. C. CAEPENTER. 



LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 

Our regular annual business meeting and 
election of officers took place as usual on 
New Year day afternoon and evening. The 
members brought their lunch baskets well 
filled and all ate supper together in the base- 
ment at about 5 o'clock. 

Brother N. W. Jennings, our new pastor, 
and his wife arrived from the East Tuesday 
noon and it was a great pleasure to have 
them with us on this first meeting of 1919. 
Brother and Sister Bell of Long Beach and 
their family were with us in the afternoon 
and for the supper as visitors. This gave us 
all, and them too, much pleasure in renewing 
old acquaintances and making new ones. El- 
der R. H. Miller, pastor of the South Los An- 
geles Church of the Brethren was also pres- 
ent as a visitor and was much pleased with 
the character of the meeting. 

There was a good attendance of our peo- 
ple and a fine Christian spirit was manifested 
in all the deliberations. The reports for the 
past year were not as good as they should 



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have been, partly owing to the fact that all 
during the latter part of the year we were 
without a regular pastor and partly owing to 
the prevalence of the influenza. With a new 
pastor and the epidemic on the wane we are 
expecting to go forward in this new year and 
accomplish some fine results this year. An 
excellent set of officers were elected to serve 
the church and there seemed to be general 
satisfaction with the outlook for workers in 
the different departments. 

One of the best things that was done was 
the raising of a large part of the indebted- 
ness that has been hampering us for several 
years. This amounts to about $2,000. One 
good sister had made the proposition that if 
the church would raise $1,000, she would give 
$500 toward clearing off the debt. At this 
meeting the church accepted the challenge and 
raised in all $1,500 that evening and have the 
greater part of the last $500 in sight. There 
was a fine sxsirit of co-operation in this and 
all were much pleased with the result. 

Brother Jennings has announced the topic 
of his first sermon next Sunday morning and 
it is "Going Forward." 

One of our o^vn members. Brother Harry 
Toler, who had been ill with influenza for 
several weeks during October and November, 
and since the influenza ban has been lifted, 
has been bringing us some good messages 
from the Word on Sunday mornings and eve- 
nings, was shown some appreciation of his ef- 
forts by the meeting voting him $35.00 extra 
pay. 

The officers of the Sunday school gave out 
some plans that ought to result in better work 
and greater results for the present year than 
was accomplished during the year just closed. 

A. P. BEED. 
4910 Wadsworth Street. 



in his attendance at services and a hard 
worker. May we at Garwin be remembered 
in the work of the Kingdom. 

FREEMAN ANKEUM. 



"FLU" NOTES FROM GARWIN 

There have been few reports from here of 
recent date. Immediately after our District 
conference all plans had been made for our 
meeting with Brother Coleman of Leon, Iowa 
as evangelist. When he and I arrived on 
the scene from the conference the "fludemic" 
had made such a spread that it was inadvis- 
able to hold the meeting. Wo now expect to 
hold the meeting in the spring. We have 
had no services of any kind at the church 
since the 6tli of last October. Some of the 
members think that we will not be able to 
have services until spring. The epidemic is 
raging in the community at the present time. 
While there have been and are a number of 
cases there has only been one death in the 
community. While the regular plans and work 
of the church will be interfered with to a 
great ertent, there are many things that are 
not of our choosing. There are some of the 
goals and points of the work of the church 
that we will not be able to handle while we 
have no services, but I am optimistic that we 
will be able to go ahead with good progress 
when it is possible for us to once more en- 
gage unhindered in the services. 

One of our boys has given his life for lib- 
erty and is now beneath the turf of old 
France. It was during the last stage of the 
fighting that Brother Raymond Peterson made 
the supreme sacrifice. Raymond was a splen- 
did, congeuial young man. He was faithful 



ASHLAND COLLEGE NOTES 

After the holiday vacation the actiivties on 
the hill are moving along very smoothly. 

Dr. Furry made a flying trip to Columbus 
recently to confer with the State fuel com- 
mission. 

It is not probable that we will have any of 
the regular activities on the third floor of 
the College on account of the ruling of the 
fuel commission — ' ' must conserve fuel. ' ' 
The literary societies will perhaps meet in 
the library room. 

The students who have come in from the 
west and east of Ohio I'eport lots of snow and 
cold waves. Here in Ohio we have had 
scarcely any snows as yet. Our share may be 
on the way. 

We are glad to have several of the soldier 
boys with us again after the demobilization 
on December 21st. 

We have been deprived of the use of the 
furnace in the chapel for several weeks on 
account of re-arranging it to burn coal. Sun- 
day school and church services have been held 
in other rooms of the college building. 

Work is quite scarce over Ashland for a few 
weeks and many of the students are out of 
their usual afternoon employment. 

We are glad to report that Dora Zimmerman, 
a former student, is making good in her stud- 
ies at Kings Oratorical School in Pittsburgh, 
Pa. 

We are glad to have the smiling face of 
Joe Gingrich back behind the College Book 
store counter again. He spent the holidays 
with his people in McAllistersville, Pa. 

The semester exams are near at hand and 
we are looking ahead fitting ourselves for the 
combat, to meet it with a determination and 
a will to go over the top. 

W. R. DEETER. 



FLORA, INDIANA 

Our friends may wonder why things have 
been so quiet at Flora since we came. We 
have not been quiet because we wished or 
expected to be. The reason for it is that the 
"flu" invaded our midst. Out of the twelve 
Sundays, we have been at Flora, we have 
only had services five Sundays. Twice the 
ban was placed on the schools, churches and 
all public gatherings. There have been a 
number of sad deaths in the community. Al- 
most a third of our homes have had sickness 
in them and three were saddened by the silent 
messenger. 

Early last fall, we had planned for a series 
of meetings and the fall communion about 
Thanksgiving time, but they had to be post- 
poned indefinitely. However, we are glad to 
report that the Flora church has received 
six additions. Two by letter and four by 
baptism. Two business men from neighbor- 
ing towns were those received by baptism. 

On the Sunday before Christmas we opened 
our services again, and are now planning to 
use General Foch's tactics by winning the vic- 
tory on the counter-attack. So on New Year 
day we had an all day meeting at the church. 
It was again decided by the church to put 



the Brethren Evangelist into all our homes 
for another year. The officers of the Sunday 
school were elected for 1919. We have been 
very much pleased to find the Sunday school 
here in such excellent condition. We have 
in Brother Sylvester Whetstone a first-class 
superintendent. He knows the school and un- 
derstands the work, and has it in fine condi- 
tion for a greater future. He is ably assist- 
ed by a fine bunch of workers. 

One thing noticeable about the Flora church 
is the number of workers it has sent out into 
the work of the church. We recently had 
Brother Earl Flora, one of our young men 
who is making good in a pastorate in Penn- 
sylvania, to preach for us. We all appreciated 
the excellent message he brought us. Last 
week two of our loyal workers. Brother and 
Sister Russel Hunbred left for Lost Creek, 
Ky., to help in the school work there. 

We are expecting Brother Beachler Janu- 
ary 5 to begin his work in this congregation 
for Ashland College endowment. 

S. C. HENDERSON. 



GOSHEN, INDIANA 



The Goshen congregation held their quarter- 
ly business meeting on New Year's evening. 
The business passed off in a pleasant way. 
Some changes were made in the officers of 
the Sunday school. Brother Eoscoe who has 
been our faithful superintendent for a long 
time was urged to continue, but he felt that 
he had had the place long enough, and in- 
sisted that some one else be elected in his 
stead. The lot fell to Brother Irvin Duker, 
who is well qualified to fill the place. Brother 
Duker had been the faithful teacher of the 
Young Mens' class known as the "True 
Blues." Brother Herman Eoscoe was always 
on the job, so he was called to the superin- 
tendency of the primary department. 

Both church and Sunday school were well 
attended Sunday, January 5th. Brother Mcln- 
turfif continues his weekly calendar. It 
proves to be a newsy little leaflet. Our pas- 
tor is lately seen with more than the usual 
smile, caused by the arrival of a little daugh- 
ter at the parsonage. 

The evangelistic meetings conducted at this 
place by Brother L. S. Bauman closed with 
one confession. The meetings closed at the 
end of three weeks just when it should have 
continued at least two weeks more. Quite a 
number of the members of our church were 
down with Influenza, but the attendance was 
all that could be expected under the "flu" 
conditions. The last night of the meeting 
the house was crowded. If truly we are the 
Lord's children we should learn to trust him 
when we are working under his banner. The 
world did not close her doors. The theaters, 
mo%'ies, pool rooms, and places of that sort 
remained open, but God's house must close 
and his work cease. This should not be so, 
nor will it be when we stand shoulder to 
shoulder and have on the armor of our Cap- 
tain and have a will to work. We hear it 
whispered in the distance that the meeting 
was a failure. This is not true. God alone 
knows the seed sown where it may lodge and 
bring forth fruit to his harvest. Those who 
think it a failure should have heard the pow- 
erful sermons delivered and backed up by. the 
BOOK. Brother Bauman made many warm 



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friends in Goshen. This was proven by the 
free-will offerings taken each night for him as 
a token of our appreciation of his efforts. Our 
pastor is emphasizing the evangelistic spirit 
also, and may we give heed to it. Some of 
the boys are returning home from the govern- 
ment's service. But the very sad part of 
it is that some dear ones will never return 
to their friends in this world. It was very 
sad when the news came that Brother Floyd 
Ganger died in France. He was a brother of 
Sister Frank Inbody, and a member of the 
young men's class of our Sunday school. He 
will be greatly missed. 

M. E. HORNER, Corresponding Secretary. 



OAK HILL, WEST VIRGINIA 

On account of the "flu" in our family 
mixed with neglect, we have failed to report 
the Gatewood meeting. Brother Jennings 
came back and finished the meeting begun in 
the fall at Gatewood and Mossy. 

As I said, our family has been sick and I 
haven't been out anywhere or seen any who 
attended the meeting, so I know very little 
to report. 

There were nine baptized and there are 
others to be baptized yet. We hope the meet- 
ing was a success both in building up the 
church and bringing others to Christ. 

The work at Oak Hill and Salem is moving 
on in the same old way. 

The closing of all church services is the 
worst thing that could have happened just at 
the close of the revival at Salem. 

I suppose church work is badly crippled 
everywhere. There was a called business 
meeting at Salem not long ago to consider 
hiring a pastor, but it seemed that not enough 
of the members knew of it, anyway only a 
few went, and Brother A. B. Duncan thought 
it best to wait until they could get more of 
the members together. 

I am sorry for the mistake in our report of 
the meeting at Salem some time ago. There 
were forty-eight conversions instead of eight 
as our report read in the Evangelist. I don't 
know who made the mistake. I wrote at once 
to correct the mistake but never saw it in the 
paper. I suppose it got lost. 

The first death from "flu" in our neigh- 
borhood occurred on Friday evening, January 
third. The victim being Brother Walter 
Johnson. He was a member of the Brethren 
church. He leaves a father, mother and 
brother and sister, a wife and six children. 
He was buried in the Odd Fellows' cemetery 
at Oak Hill. On account of the illness of 
his mother and his oldest child the funeral 
was postponed until some time in the future. 
Jan. 6, 1919. ESSIE BOOTHE. 



HUNTINGTON, INDIANA 

Brother J. W. Brower sent a list of thirty- 
five subscriptions to the Business Manager 
and enclosed this letter to the Editor, intend- 
ed for publication. We are pleased that 
Brother Brower appreciates the Evangelist so 
much, and because he appreciates it, we know 
his people will too. The letter follows: 
Dear Editor: 

We deem it a great privilege indeed to 
place our very worthy church paper in these 
homes. We regard our Brethren Evangelist 
as one of the greatest needs of our church 



development. With George S. Baer, A. D. 
Gnagey, and R. R. Teeter at the head; with 
Charles A. Barae's "Four Year Program 
Page, " J. A. Garber 's any G. C. Carpenter 'a 
"Young People at Work," W. H. Beachler's 
' ' Campaign Notes, ' ' the inspirational and in- 
structive articles of the Associate Editors, 
and the messages brought through the other 
departments, I know it will be a great help to 
any Brethren home or congregation. 

Since beginning the work here, as pastor, 
January 27, 1918, there have been added to 
the church thirty-five very substantial mem- 
bers. The work was going forward in every 
department following the revival led by 
Brother Thomas just before General Confer- 
ence, "but" — . I was going to use a little 
word with three letters, but will not. Let 
us follow Saint Paul in Philippians 3:13-14. 

Our Sunday school during the quarter just 
ended made slight gains in attendance and of- 
ferings over the preceding quarter which we 
think is fine considering conditions. The 
' ' Goughuour Contest " is on in full blast with 
seventy-five per cent of the attendance pres- 
ent and the offerings going considerably ' ' over 
the top." And say, I want to tell you a little 
secret, ' ' We are going to win that gold star. ' ' 
But don't tell Flora, Indiana, for it might 
discourage them. 

I want to say in closing that old Satan is 
here in full force, we are fighting him to the 
death, and will win. Pray for us. 

Yours in the name of Christ, 
J. W. BROWER. 



COUNSEL FOR CONVERTS 

Giving your heart to God is the best thing 
you have ever done. The next best thing you 
can do is to "hold fast to that which is 
good," and go on to perfection. Conversion 
is onl.y the beginning of the Christian life 
and character. It is the promise of God that 
having begun the good work in you, he will 
also perfect it. But God needs your co-oper- 
ation. You must do your part. If you do 
your part all will go well and be well. Of 
course, you vriW be tempted and tried, but 
not above what you are able to bear. 

There are some things you must do if you 
are not to lose your religion. You must pray 
without ceasing. To stop praying is like 
quitting breathing. "Prayer is the Chris- 
tian's vital breath." You must pray fervent- 
ly, frequently and privately. 

Next you must feed on God's Word. You 
should let no day pass without spending some 
time in devout study of God's Word. No one 
can keep in close, living touch with God if he 
forgets and neglects the Bible. No one can 
keep up a real prayer life very long except 
he commune also with God through his Word. 
Only when you delight yourself in his Word 
do you get the greatest blessings from its 
study. Have a fixed program, if necessary, 
but to feed on the Word from the love of it 
is better. 

It will also be a means of grace to support 
the gospel according as the Lord prospers 
you. Bringing offerings unto the Lord is as 
essential and helpful to the Christian life as 
praying itself. Some people are cheerful and 
liberal givers before conversion, but most peo- 
ple, young or old, have that to learn after 
conversion. 



Next, be a worker. Be a soul-winner. Ex- 
perience is worth a good deal in Christian 
service. But the only way to get experience 
is to get it. It comes by activity, not by 
idly waiting. Would you grow spiritually, 
would you get a larger vision of God, would 
you keep yourself in the bonds of peace with 
God and become rooted and grounded in the 
faith, be a ceaseless, tireless worker for 
Christ and the church? A praying, paying, 
Bible-loving, soul-winning Christian advances 
in the divine life, his heart becomes fixed, and 
he is kept by the power of God unto salva- 
tion for ever. 



EVANGELIST HONOR ROLL 

The following churches having met the re- 
quirements laid down by the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company regarding the placing of 
the Evangelist in the homes of the congrega- 
tions are entitled to a place on the Evangelist 
Honor Roll. 

Church Pastor 

Gretna, Ohio, 2nd Yr., .... Edwin Boardman 
Washington, C. H., O., 2nd Yr., L. B. Wilkins 
Ankcnytown, Ohio, 2nd Yr., .... A. L. Lynn 

Ashland Ohio, 2nd Yr., J. A. Garber 

Beaver City, Neb., C. M. Pierce 

Morrill, Kansas, A. E. Whitted 

Lanark, 111., 2nd Yr., B. T. Burnworth 

Waterloo, Iowa, H. L. Goughnour 

Muncie, Indiana, 2nd Yr., J. L. Kimmel 

College Corner, Indiana, .... D. A. C. Teeter 

Hamlin, Kansas, Geo. E. Cone 

Allentown, Pa., A. L. DeLozier 

Johnstown, Pa., 3rd Ch., Geo. H. Jones 

Milledgeville, 111., 2nd Yr., M. J. Snyder 

Portis, Kansas, Roy Brumbaugh 

Fairhaven, Ohio, 2nd Yr., B. F. Owen 

Long Beach, Cal., 2 Yr., L. 8. Bauman 

Burlington, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Carlcton, Nebraska, Z. T. Livengood 

Falls City, Nebraska, H. F. Stuckmau 

Summit Mills, Penna., ... E. D. Burnworth 

Mexico, Indiana, 2nd Yr., L. W. Ditch 

Lordsburg, California, Thos. H. Broad 

Salisbury, Penna., E. D. Burnworth 

Flora, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Los Angeles, Cal., 1st., 2 Yr. N. W. Jennings 

Nappanee, Indiana, C. E. Kolb 

Berne, Indiana, 2nd Yr., ... W. F. Johnson 

Louisville, Ohio, 2nd Yr., Geo. S. Baer 

.Johnstown, Pa., 1st Ch., .... J. F. Watson 

Sunnyside, Wash., Chas. H. Ashman 

Denver, Indiana, L. A. Myers 

Bryan, Ohio, G. L. Maus 

Elkhart, Indiana, H. H. AVolford 

Sidney, Indiana, L. A. Myers 

Loree, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Linwood, Maryland, E. M. Riddle 

Conemaugh, Pa., 2nd Yr., L. G. Smith 

Akron, Ind., (New Highland), D. A. C. Teeter 

Ft. Scott, Kansas, Mrs. L. C. Webb 

Clay City, Indiana, Geo. W. Kanzie 

Roann, Indiana, W. E. Ronk 

Tiosa, Indiana, Ora I. Oxley 

New Paris, Indiana, Ora I. Oxley 

Fremont, Ohio, H. M. Oberholtzer 

Fostoria, Ohio, M. S. White 

Oakville, Indiana, A. K. Staley 

Berlin, Penna., I. B. Trout 

North Liberty, Indiana, C. C. Grisso 

Dutchtown, Indiana, Homer Anderson 

North English, Iowa, W. H. Miller 

Fillmore, Calif., Sylvester Lowman 



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PAGE 15 



Prepare for Service. — There was a brier 
growing in a ditcli, and ttere came along a 
gardener with, his spade. As he dug around 
it and lifted it out, the brier said to itself: 
"What is he doing that for. Does he not 
know that I am only an old worthless brier?" 
But the gardner took it into the garden and 
planted it amid his flowers, while the brier 
said: "What a mistake he has made! Plant- 
ing an old brier like myself among such rose 
trees as these I" But the gardener came 
once more; and, with his keen edged knife, 
made a slit in the brier, and "budded" it 
with a rose, and by and by when summer camo 
lovely roses were blooming on that old 
brier. Then the gardener said: "Your beau- 
ty is not due to that which camo out of you, 
but to that which I put into you." Just so 
can God cause the most glorious of roses to 
grow out of such poor dried sticks as we all 
are. 



IN THE SHADOW 



COWGILIi — Harlan Page, was born in 
North Manchester, Indiana, January 15, 1849, 
and died in the Marion, Indiana, Soldier's 
Home, October 22nd, 1918, aged 69 years, 9 
months and 7 days. He was one of six chil- 
dren, three of whom crossed the Great Di- 
vide preceding him, and two of whose where- 
abouts not much is known by the family. He 
was married to Emily Jane Weekly at Eoann, 
Indiana, in 1872 with whom he has lived in 
happy wedlock ever since. 

He united with the First Brethren church 
of this city more than 10 years ago, and re- 
mained in good fellowship to his death. A few 
weeks before his death, he called for the el- 
ders of the church and was anointed for the 
healing of the body. He was unafraid of 
death but longed to live and enjoy his fam- 
ily if it were the Lord's will. He died full of 
faith that all was well with his soul and 
that he was going home to give a good ac- 
count to his JIaker and Master. 

In lS6i when this eountrj' was engaged in 
the civil war, at 15 years of age, he ran away 
and enlisted for 100 daj's, and served to the 
end of the conflict when he was honorably 
discharged. He was a member of the 138th 
regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry and the 
memory of those days was a bright page to 
him and the object of much of his thought 
and conversation in later vears. 

CHARLES A. SAME. 

KNAP — Loren Austin, son of John and 
Etta Knapp, was born on the Knapp farm, 4 
miles east of North Manchester, Indiana, Jan- 
uary 24, 1892, died in Eauzac, France, October 
29th, 1918, aged 26 years, 9 months and 5 
days. 

All of his life was spent on the farm with 
his parents. Answering the call of his coun- 
try, he went to Camp Sherman, Ohio, on June 
24th last. After less than two months' train- 
ing there, he was transferred to Camp Mills 
and from there, sailed for France about the 
first of September, being a member of the 
84th Division, Co. L, 334th Infantry. A let- 
ter, dated October 15th, was received from 
Loren saying that he was ill but, trying to 
shield his jjarents from worry, he did not wish 
them to know of it. So, when a telegram 
was received last Thursday telling of his 
death, it came as a thunderbolt out of a clear 
sky, to them. The official notice says his 
death was caused by pneumonia. 

Loren is remembered as a young man of 
fine ideals and clean character. Honest, un- 
assuming, faithful to duty, he was a young 
man that the country can ill afford to lose. 
His grave, "somewhere in France" is one of 
the seeds sows that is springing up in the 



world ridding it of Kaiserism, oppression and 
servility. Not in vain did he live. 

Thus, the first star of the more than thir- 
ty on the service flag of the First Brethren 
church, as well as the first of the township 
has turned to gold. At the little village of 
Ranzac, France, he sleeps the sleep of vic- 
tory, while we live to enjoy the fruits of his 
sacrifice. 

The sympathy of the entire community is 
bestowed on his parents and brother and sis- 
ter whom he leaves behind. The memory of 
his sacrifice for his country will shine as a 
halo around them and the family name as long 
as freedom and democracy are cherished. 
Peace to his ashes and salvation for his soul. 
CHARLES A. BAME. 

SHOEMAKER— Willo, daughter of Brother 
and Sister Merle Shoemaker, of influenza- 
pneumonia, aged three years. Funeral at the 
home near North Manchester by 

CHARLES A. BAME. 

FARLEY— Millard Byron, son of Millard 
and Alice Farley, was born December 5, 1900, 
died December 14, 1918, aged 18 years and 9 
days. Pneumonia following influenza was the 
cause of his death. He graduated from Ches- 
ter high school last year at the age of 17 and 
would have graduated in a business course at 
North Manchester College next spring. It is 
no mere post mortem statement that Byron 
was a young man of exceptional talents and 
gracioiis spirit. Perhaps the finest tribute 
that could be paid to him is to state that no 
one can remember him saying a mean or 
harsh thing about anybody. He never quar- 
reled nor indulged in the sins of many young 
men of his day. At 14 he united with the 
First Brethren church and to its services and 
its Sunday school he has been a faithful at- 
tendant. The community will mourn with the 
parents and other relatives in his early pass- 
ing of the Great Divide. He leaves a father, 
mother, sister Liela, and brother Eudell. 

CHARLES A. BAME. 

FLORA — Merit Flora departed this life De- 
cember 11, 1918, at his home near Chili, In- 
diana, at the age of 63 years. He united with 
the Brethren church at Roann, in 1891 and 
was ah\'ays a loyal and consecrated member. 
Since 1901 he has served the Center Chapel 
congregation as deacon and trustee and was 
one of the charter members of this church. 
He leaves to follow a devoted wife, two sons 
and two daughters and a large circle of rela- 
tives. One son preceded him only seven 
weeks. Funeral services were conducted 
from the home near Chili by the writer, as- 
sisted by Brother Willis Ronk, pastor of the 
Roann and Center Chapel churches. May the 
T^nrd greatly bless the bereaved family. 

L. W. DITCH. 



FROST — William Harvey, was born Sep- 
tember 25, 1838, departed this life at his 
home in Leon, November 7, 1918, aged 80 
years, 1 month, 12 days. He left a wife, sev- 
en children, thirty grandchildren, five great- 
grandchildren, as well as two brothers and 
two sisters. The deceased was a member of 
the Presbyterian church, and the father of 
Sister Belle Evans. Funeral services by the 
Brethren pastor. 

G. T. RONK. 

FROST — Malinda Jane, was born in Lick- 
ing county, Ohio, January 30, 1838, died at 
her home in Leon, Iowa, December 11, 1918, 
aged 80 years, 10 months, 10 days. Her hus- 
band had preceded her to the other world by 
3 days. To him she had been married 57 
years and was unconsolable at his loss. She 
too was a member of the Presbyterian church 
and was laid away by the Brethren pastor. 
A numerous family grieve the loss of devoted 
parents. G. T. RONK. 

DALE — Homer, born in Decatur county, 
Iowa, December 16, 1895, died in France, Octo- 
ber 12, 1918, and was buried there in the land 
of his forefathers. He was a member of the 
A. E. P., leaving his home on May 25, 1918, 
to join the colors. He was a member of the 
Methodist church but attended the Brethren 



Sunday school and was enrolled on the ser- 
vice flag of the Brethren church. 

G. T. RONK. 

ROBERTS — Earnest Vere Roberts was born 
May 24, 1891, died November 23, 1918, aged 
27 years, 6 months. He became a member of 
the Brethren church in January, 1915. He 
was married to Helen Deck, December 8, 1915 
with whom he lived happily till his sudden 
death from the epidemic. He tvas one of the 
widest known and best loved young men in 
his county and his death seems most untimely 
but the Father knows best. Funeral services 
from the home. G. T. RONK. 

ALLBEE — Laurel Allbee died at her home 
in Des Moines on November, 1, 1918, aged 
about twelve years. She was brought to Leon 
for interment the service being held from the 
home of her grandparents by the pastor of 
the Brethren church. She was a niece of Sis- 
ter Worden, formerly attended services at the 
Brethren church, and was a child of beauti- 
ful promise. We dare not complain when the 
Lord claims for himself these flowers. 

G. T. RONK. 



SHIERY— On December 26, 1918, at the 
age of 34 years, at his late home in Dallas 
Center, occurred the death of J. E. Shiery. 
He had not been well for about one year 
and so the dread influenza found him an easy 
victim. He leaves a wife and three children 
besides three brothers and two sisters. Fu- 
neral services conducted by the undersigned. 
R. F. PORTE. 

McCULLUM— Harriet Beruice McCullum, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kay McCullum, 
died on December 29, 1918 at the age of two 
years, nine months and 25 days. The parents 
have the sympathy of many friends in the 
loss of this bright little girl. Funeral ser- 
vices conducted by R. F. PORTE. 



ANDERSON — Dora, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. K. Anderson, was born at Stanwood, 
Iowa, December 3, 1889 and passed away at 
the home of her parents November 5, 1918, 
after an illness of pneumonia following in- 
fluenza. She was aged 28 years, 11 months 
and 2 days. She leaves to mourn her loss, her 
aged father and mother, four brothers and 
one sister. She had devoted practically her 
entire life to her parents and the duties of 
the home. She was held in high esteem and 
leaves many friends to mourn her departure. 
Services at the home and burial at Rose Hill, 
cemetery, north of Toledo, lo^a, by the writ- 
er. FREEMAN ANKBUM. 

PETERSON — Raymond O., was born in 
Marshalltown, Iowa, January 19, 1894, and 
made the great sacrifice upon the battlefield 
of France October 7, 1918. Raymond went to 
Camp last July, and was a member of Com- 
pany K, 47th Infantry. He leaves to mourn 
his loss, the father, mother, one brother and 
two sisters all of the home. He was a mem- 
ber of the Carlton Brethren church, a faith- 
ful attendant, willing worker and possessed 
an inspiring personality. Raymond was a 
splendid type of American manhood, with a 
smile and a cheering word for all. Many 
hearts were filled with sadness when the 
wires bore the fateful message, for Raymond 
was blessed with a host of friends, who mourn 
him. Memorial services will be held for him 
in the Carlton Brethren church when the epi- 
demic permits. 

FREEMAN ANKEUM. 

HAYNES — Elpha Wilbur, youngest son of 
Marion and May Haynes, was born October 
6, 1893, in Carlton township and died at his 
home in this vicinity, December 30, 1918 of 
pneumonia following influenza. On April 12, 
1917, he was united in marriage to Miss Kit- 
tie Turner, whom he leaves to mourn his loss 
with his widowed mother, four sisters, and 
two brothers, besides many relatives and 
friends. He was a boy of good disposition 
and habits, and will be greatly missed by his 
loved ones and friends. Services at the cem- 
etery by the writer. 

FREEMAN ANKRUM. 



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CHRIST MAKES ALL UEN TSEE 
By Eev. Thomas Wilson Dickert 
Tune, "Battle Hymn of the Kepublic" 
In the harbor of our country stands a statue 

large and fair, 
Which the friendship of two nations long ago 

erected there, 
That the world might learn the lesson which 
its torch is meant to bear: 
How Christ makes all men free. 

CHOEUS 
Glory, glory, hallelujah I 
Glory, glory, hallelujah 1 
Glory, glory, hallelujah! 
Our Christ makes all men free. 

At the gateway of the nation that's the mar- 
vel of the world, 

'Gainst this emblem of true freedom ocgans' 
waves in vain are hurled 

As in blazing light its motto to the nations 
is unfurled: 

That Christ makes all men free. 

It has been a lamp of safety to the ships upon 

the sea. 
And it signifies the blessings God would give 

humanity; 
It will ever be the guardian of world-wide 

democracy. 
For Christ makes all men free. 

As a harbinger of peaceful progress it has 

ever stood; 
And, though war has cast a shadow o'er a 

world now drenched with blood. 
It points forward to the day of universal 

brotherhood. 

When Christ makes all men free. 

Christianity's the culture which the world 

shall ever need I 
'Tis the statue's silent message that men 

everywhere should heed: 
Whom the Christ shall crown with freedom, 

they shall e'er be free indeed; 
Yes, Christ makes all men free. 



COMMUNION NOTICE 

The members of the Brethren church at 
Bryan, Ohio, will hold their semi-annual com- 
munion service on Sunday evening, January 
19, beginning at 7 o'clock. All of like faith 
are cordially invited to enjoy the blessings 
of the service with us. 

G. L. MAU8. 



Business Manager's Corner 



There is in the city of Ashland a large 
manufacturing plant that is given almost en- 
tirely to the manufacture of toy balloons, bal- 
loons of almost every color, shape and descrip- 
tion. Though the balloons are mere toys in 
themselves yet thoy are supposed to fill a need 
of the day as they are used for advertising 
purposes, but in their deflated condition they 
are entirely useless: they must be "blown 
up" before they can lill the place they are 
intended to fill in the advertising world. But 
many times as they come into the possession 
of children an attempt is made to make a 
small balloon look like a "big" balloon by 



inflating it unduly which frequently results' 
in a blowing up or an explosion. Moral — a 
toy balloon can be made to carry passengers 
across the country. 

Some years ago I was in a telephone office 
talking to the manager and as I mentioned 
the further growth and development of the 
system he remarked that he did not want 
another phone on the system, that any increase 
would be a detriment and loss to the system. 
This might seem strange at first, but when it 
is remembered that telephone systems are in- 
stalled in units and that one unit can care 
for only so many phones and that when the 
unit is once full any additional number in- 
stalled will require an additional unit in the 
system and that there is a great possobility of 
of not securing enough additional phones to 
pay for installing the new unit, the possible 
loss is easily understood. 

Students of boy psychology know that there 
is a period in the life of the growing boy 
when he is no longer a boy and he has not yet 
become a man. It is the awkward age, the 
self-conscious age, when he doesn't know what 
to do with his hands and falls over his own 
feet. He has reached the stage when the only 
thing that will keep him from ' ' blowing up ' ' 
is for him to really "grow up" and become 
the man that nature intended him to be. 

Application 

The Brethren Publishing Company is now 
in the condition that is described by all three 
of the above illustrations. It is too big to be 
called little and it is too little to 'be called 
big. It is like the awkward boy, or the toy 
balloon or the telephone unit. It must now 
"grow up" or "blow up." It can no longer 
fulfill its mission withuot going forward. The 
present equipment and working force are 
taxed to the limit, and any little accident or 
slight interruption of the work causes un- 
avoidable delays. Our equipment must be en- 



larged and the working force must be in- 
creased to make it possible to get our work 
out on time as it should be at all times. A 
few cases of sickness and a few other inter- 
ruptions cause some, yes entirely too much, 
of our Sunday school supplies to go out late. 
This is a condition that should not be al- 
lowed to continue, and it will not be if the 
churches and their pastors will stand by the 
work of the Brethren Publishing Company. 
The Company has reached the point in its 
development where IT must GROW up or 
BLOW up. Which shall it be? That very 
largely depends upon the co-operation of the 
pastors and churches with the Publishing 
Company in the development of its plans. 
More business must be had by the Company 
and you must help us to secure it. 
It's Up to the Pastors 
The help we need is the help the pastors 
can give and just at the present time the best 
help that can be given is that of getting the 
Brethren Evangelist into the home of every 
family in the Brethren church. We are ask- 
ing nothing impossible nor impractical. Many 
churches have succeeded and many more can 
do likewise, if they only will. The latest ad- 
dition to the Evangelist Honor Eoll is that of 
the Huntington, Indiana, mission, with Jonas 
W. Brower as pastor in charge. Here the 
subscription list was increased exactly SIX 
HUNDRED percent. You say it does not 
speak very well for the work previously done 
and we admit it, but wo can name scores of 
other churches where the field is equally fer- 
tile as well as similarly unworked. Both the 
man and the hour are needed to bring about 
great things in the world, but there are more 
hours than men appparently. What has been 
done by many can be done by many more. 
Brother pastor, will you be one of the many 
who will help us grow? 

E. E. TEETEE, 
Business Manager. 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



T.he King of Pity and of Love Is Calling You — The Editor, ... 2 

Editorial Review, 3 

Other Churches 'Programs — Charles A. Bame, CD., 4 

An Open Letter to Illiokota— B. T. Burnworlh, 4 

The Heart of Evangelism — G. C. Carpenter, 5 

Gratuitous (riervice — Edwin E. Jacobs, Ph.D., 5 

The Place Music Holds in Worship — Miss Hazel Keiser, fi 

tJhrist's Challenge to the Church (Sermon) — H. M. Harley, 8 



The Christian and Daily Prayer— G. W. Eench, 9 

The Sunday School, 9 

The Call from Kentucky — G. E. Drushal, 10 

HOME MISSION NOTES— G. C. Carpenter, 10 

The New World Campaign — Prof. J. A. Garber, 11 

Ashland College Night — Edwin Boardman, Jr., 11 

News from the Pield, 12-15 

Business Manager 's Corner — R. R. Teeter, D.D., 16 



EDITORIAL 



The King of Pity and of Love Is Calling You 



There comes to Christian America a call so \irgent and §o com- 
pelling that she dares not ignore and continue to w'ear Christ's name. 
It is a call to a duty so vital that he who directs the mouthpiece of a 
cliurch that prides itself in it 's loyaltj' to the spirit and word of 
Christ, cannot fail to pass on to his brethren and remain true to his 
trusL It is a call so insoi^arably interwoven with the plainest and 
most sacred obligations of human kinship that he who bears it cannot 
be unresponsive and remain human. It is a call from the "King of 
pity and of lo\e" to minister in his name to those who are hungry 
and naked and sick and in prison. 

Mr. Cuddihy in The Literary Digest for January 18, 1919, de- 
scribes A'ividly the distressing condition and the appalling need: 

Four million Armenians, Syrians and other war sufferers in 
western' Asia arc practically without food, clothing or shelter, the 
vast majority helpless women and children. More than a million and 
a half have been deported. Nearly a million have been brutally 
murdered and massacred. Four hundred thousand children are or- 
Ijhaned. It can be said that there are no more children left under 
the age of live, all having perished from exposure and disease. For 
every hundred births there are from two to three hundrd deaths. 
The newly born children die almost immediately, their mothers hav- 
ing nothing to give them but tears. Deaths. . . are increas- 
ing from day to daj' with appalling rapidity. The homeless — a piti- 
ful stream of women and children — wonder aimlessly through the 
streets of their wrecked villages. 

All winter long they have slept in nooks and corners, in alleys 
and by the roadsides, with no blankets, no covering whatever, their 
clothing the merest rags. The women clasp their wan-faced children 
to their breasts and on their faces is written the pitiful story of their 
utter despair. 

Throughout the length and breadth of these countries there is 
no food save bread, the drj' crusts of bread that they receive at the 
hands of charity. No meats, no soups, no vegetables, no sugar, less 
than a pound of bread daily, and even this jjoor morsel has often to 
be shared with others. ''A poor old woman, taint with hunger said 
to me todaj', " writes one of the devoted workers, "Sahib, the bread 
won't go down. I soak it in water, but it sticks in my throat." 

''Wheresoever I go," a missionary reports, "I see men or wo- 
men fallen on the street dead or dying, and little emaciated children 
stretching out their wasted hands ' for just one shahle for bread, ' 
tears running down their cheeks, and still more awful are the little 



ones sitting propped against a wall, listless and torpid, indifferent 
even to food, Avaiting quietly for death." 

"Just now," says another worker, "1 have been interrupted in 
my writing. A Jewess has come to tell me of a woman who staggered 
to her door begging, late last evening. She ^vas allowed to spend 
the night in a corner of the house and this morning she was dead. 
' Won't 3'0ii please send some one to bury her," implored my caller. 

Such pleas are frequent now. There are more dead than buried 
in Armenia. Men and women once in good circumstances and self- 
respecting, now hungry, helpless, friendless, crawl away like animals, 
out of sight, die unseen, and lie uubiiried. 

There is no joy of victory in these distraught lands; but only the 
cries of an agonized people to whom .peace lias brought neither bene- 
diction nor blessing; neither rest nor respite; lands where the war 
has left an awful luuiuin wreckage in its v.akc; a great Kingdom 
of Grief fdled with the cries of mothers and of orphans, a distressed 
people prostrate with desolation, numbed with suffering, having no 
partnership in the great joj' of a liberated world. 

No sons, no fathers, no brothers are returning victorious to their 
homes in Armenia or Syria, for their villages and their cities have 
been razed and ruined and lie in dust and ashes, and the men by the 
thousands and hundreds of thousands have been pitilessly murdered 
or barbarously deported. 

Many such scenes of terrible and tragic sutt'ering are in the 
very lands where Jesus walked with his disciples; where he had com- 
passion on the multitudes and fed them and healed them and com- 
forted them. 

But that is nough, Mr. Cuddihy, stay the description, for our 
hearts are strained with pity. The call of these homeless and starv- 
ing millions has pierced the most callous among us and stirred human 
sympathy to its depths. The pitiful cries of those in distress have 
reached our ears. Their prayers have ascended to the throne of God 
and have descended into our hearts, and we see them as our own 
kin in the flesh and rise to meet their needs. Would that every 
Christian heart would thus respond to this appeal coming from a land 
fallen among thieves more disastrously than any other. It is Christian 
America's opportunit}' and it is our individual opportunity and privi- 
lege to be a " Good .Samaritan ' ' to stricken Armenia and Syria, 
pouring in their wounds the healing balm and supplying them food 
from our Inn of Plenty. If ever there was a time when our sym- 



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pathy should be measured by the need of a starving, dying people it 
is now. This is our Christian privilege and duty. 

The American Committee for Belief in the N-ear East, under the 
able leadership of Cleveland H. Dodge, is appealing for a minimum 
of thirty million dollars "with which," says the committee, "we 
can, humanly speaking, save every life." The Literary Digest, after 
careful investigation, declares that every dollar will go for relief 
without a cent deducted tor organization expenses. The call is urg- 
ent. Send contributions to Cleveland H. Dodge, Treasurer, Room 190, 
No. 1 Madison Ave., New York City. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Brethren Garber and Boardmau are coming to the Christian En- 
dcavorers again this week with some very definite things. No En- 
deavorer can afford to miss these mcs.sages. 

Next week's issue will be a Christian Endeavor number and 
we believe we can safely say that there is something good in store. 
Young people, get set for Christian Endeavor Week. 

You will not overlook the new department in this issue, "Our 
Devotional." Brother Rench writes this week on "Prayer." As 
you read it make it your devotional, that is the purpose. 

A word from Brother Lytic states that the evangelistic meeting 
in progress at Burlington had resulted in six accessions to the church 
at the time of writing. Let us pray that jiiany more mu}' come to 
the Fountain of Life. 

The Ministers' reading course recommended by conference is 
ready and those desiring to take up the work should write at once 
to Dean J. Allen Miller, (Ashland, Ohio), chairman of the commit- 
tee. The other committee members are. Dr. J. L. Gillin, Prof. J. A. 
tlarber and H. L. Gaughnour. 

There is to be a conference on "World Evangelism and Vital 
Christianit}- after the War" held at the Moody Bible Institute, Feb- 
ruary 0-7, at which some very prominent churchmen and religious 
leaders will speak. 

Brother Hazen, the wide-awake superintendent of the Fostoria 
Brethren Sunday school reports the work of the mission at that place 
and we notice thej' have been very busy practically all year. And 
now that they have induced Brother White, who is engaged in busi- 
ness at that place, to preach for them, we shall look for still greater 
growth. 

Now is the time to get your Four Ye.ar Program reports started 
toward your district director if you expect to be on time. You surely 
can 't be uninformed about it after all that Brother Bame has writ- 
ten about it. It's simph' a question of getting at it; isn't it? Well, 
' ' now then do it. ' ' 

Brother A. E. Thomas is now in Columbus helping Brother 
Christiansen in an evangelistic campaign. They ■will appreciate the 
prayers of the brotherhood in their earnest effort. From there 
Brother Thomas ^oes to Muncie, Indiana, where he begins a similar 
campaign with Brother Kimmel. Brother Thomas states that he will 
be open to a call to a pastorate about April or May, when his evan- 
gidistic season" closes. 

Such assurances of prayer as that which Sister Mary A. Snyder 
gives in this issue makes us feel stronger for our task. I am sure 
Brother Bame will feel its staying iniluence, too, as Brother Teeter 
has felt it for three years, and others have felt it. Thank j'ou. Sister 
Snyder, for your prayers. And we are praying for you that you may 
soon have your voice back again and be fully restored to health. 
But we don't think j'our prayers will be any more effective when 
spoken than now when they are only "thought." For God hears 
the voice of the heart and not of the lips. 

Because the question has already come up, I want to state that 
I have been advised that it has been the policy of the Brethren Evan 



gclist for years not to run pictures with death notices except in cases 
of persons w^ho were quite generally known or had occupied positions 
of prominence in the church. And I am sure you will understand the 
reason for it when you stop to think of the number of death notices 
we publish every week. It is also advised that your obituaries as a 
rule be not extended write-ups. 

The entire Evangelist family will be glad to get a glimpse at the 
beautiful new church at Fillmore, California, and also to see the de- 
lighted face of the pastor. Brother Lowman. Who wouldn't be 
delighted after having received such blessings from God as Brother 
Lowman and his faithful co-workers have recently enjoyed. It is a 
church that we are proud to welcome into" the Brethren fraternity. 
And did you notice that this youngest church of all is on the Evan- 
gelist Honor Roll? How did they do Hi Ask them. At any rate 
you will all admit that Fillmore deserves a place on " lirst page." 
All the new churches dedicated this year will get " Jirst place." 
What state will have the nexti 

We were somewhat relieved when Brother Beachler said ' ' That 's 
all for Pennsylvania for a while," for we were living in mortal fear 
lest we should have to buy a now thermometer. She kept pushing 
the uu'rcury towards the top until it looked as if it might bo pushed 
out. When "Old Pennsylvania gets to giving she doesn't seem to 
know when to stop. We never thought .she would hit the endowment 
trail so hard. But when you get the mother state of Dunkerism 
back of a proposition like college endowment and a man like Beach- 
ler directing the campaign, you may rest assured that it will be done 
up right. I said, we were relieved. But now that man Beachler 
has gotten Indiana stirred up again. And the Hoosiers are about 
as bad as the Dutch when it comes to giving. Those Flora people 
struck a $2,000 score to start with. Where will it stop? Indiana 
may pusli the star, Pennsy's mercury and all out at the top before 
she quits.' Well, we'll got another tliermouu^ter ready for any emer- 
gency. 

!Still they come! What conies'? Who comes J Yes, "what" and 
' ' who ' ' both. Evangelist subscriptions. Honor Roll churches and pus- 
tors alive to the importance of a church paper in the hands of their 
parishioners 1 All these are coming, and it seems that nothing can 
stop them. They are coming this week from Fillmore and Whittier, 
California, Dallas Center, Iowa, and (for our item mentioning Mil- 
ledgeville, Illinois and Huntington, Indiana, Avas cut out last week 
for lack of space) another church from the Illiokota district and one 
from the Indiana. Ohio, you will have to pull a little harder on the 
traces. But Ohio is getting ready for some hard strokes. She'll be 
there on the home stretch. By the way, do you know how much 
more anxious our people are to write for the Evangelist since the 
subscription list has grown so large? Everybody wants to write, be- 
cause they feel that it is worth their time. And since we want the 
folks to keep on wanting to write, just keep on sending Brother 
Teeter long lists of subscriptions. 

SPECIAL NOTICE — Louisville, Ohio, Sunday school started 
something. They are so well pleased with the new dress of the Evan- 
gelist that they are anxious to help improve it still more. And of 
course there will always be room for improvement. This is what 
they agreed to do. The editor is to get whatever illustration or pic- 
ture he thinks appropriate for the front cover page and send the bill 
to them and they will pay it. It is not likely to cost more than 
four dollars. But then that doesn't matter, they want something 
nice, and something with a mes.sage, and that bunch of loyal workers 
is willing to pay- for it. It occurred to us that some other schools 
might think we were partial if we did not give them the same 
chance to help in this way. If there are any others who want in on 
this proposition, write us. Or if you prefer to send an offering of 
three or four or five dollars to make up a fund for brightening up 
the first page, that will probably be more convenient for you and for 
us. I am sure Louisville will be willing to do that too. Any school 
sending an offering of not less than three dollars will be given the 
privilege of having their name accompany the "cut" they pay for, 
in some such manner as the following: "By courtesy of the Louis- 
ville Brethren Sunday school." Do you want in on it? If so, write 
the editor at oace. 



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FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM PAGE 

:XOW 'X'HE]V I>0 T'^E.-Xl Sa.iiiuel 3:18 

Conducted by Charles A. Bame 



Other Churchs' Programs 

Last year, nearly one half of our churches did not re- 
port. Many reasons enter into the failure but doubtless 
some did not have a good i-eason for not getting into print. 
Now, in this letter, I'd like to tell you that we are not 
alone in trying to do something Avorth while in the king- 
dom. Big programs of reconstruction are being put on by 
many of the denominations. Just this week in one of our 
big continental dailies, were these tAvo editorials that are 
worthy of the most careful thought of our people. I hope 
that you will count them worthy of your time. They have 
a big bearing on what we ought to do. Here they are : 

Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches will 
begin active preparations tomorroM- in their_ respective 
denominations for the big campaigns in reconstruction 
and the raising of millions of dollai's to push the work 
of the church in home and foreign mission fields, educa- 
tional institutions, and social Avork in downtown cen- 
■ ters of big cities all over the country. 

Presbyterian Foresight 

While nianj^ agencies that liaA'c made much more 
noise about reconstruction have been muddling over 
their blue prints, demonding legislation or Avaiting for 
the other felloAv to make the tirst moA'e, the Presbyter- 
ian church in the United States has stepped out boldlj^ 
and started something. 

The church does not call Avhat it is doing "recon- 
struction," but it is the best sort of reconstruction 
nevertheless. Designated the "New Era Movement," 
the program calls for the expenditure of $75,000,000 
Avithin the next five years in Avays that Avill benefit so- 
ciety. 

Yesterday the sum of $1,000,000 was appropriated 
to increase the salaries of 6,500 pastors in 1919. Just as 
chaplains Avere invaluable in the armies of Foch, so Avill 
clergymen of all denominations be needed in the social 
readjustments upon Avhich the Avorld noAV is entering 
and the end of AA'hioh no man can foretell. 

The Presbyterians are to be congratulated for their 

foresight. Able men Avill be needed in the ministry in 
tlie years ahead and plenty of them. And you must per- 
mit an able man to hold up his head in the corner gro- 
cery if you expect to get out of him all that is in him. 
Altar and pulpit are buhvarks against that Avhich is 

most feared by thinking men today. When they fell in 
Russia — dragged doAvn, it is true, by the Czar — Bol- 
shevism rose. The cloth, under any name, represents 
that Avhieh is constructive. In the ratio that it is free 
and resi3ected a country Avill prosper. — Chicago Her- 
ald and Examiner. 

NoAV, let me remind you that these are not all the pro- 
grams being promoted. The Baptists had one going before 
Ave had ours started. The Church of the Brethren has one 
Avhich Avill be given a new impetus, doubtless at Winona 
Lake, next year. So have others. 

In the Race? 

Now, if Ave do not do our best Avhile the larger denom- 
inations go forging ahead, where Avill we be in the race? 
If we do not report, our shoAving Avill not be as good as 
is our race. See? Of course you do. Now, we have an 
advantage over many. 



Our Advantage 

We had a start of most of them. We made a mighty 
good start last year, too. We can recoup much this year. 
Here in North Manchester, Ave are accepting every challenge 
that comes along and getting the benefit of all that goes 
Avith contests. "The King's business requireth haste" and 
Ave ought to go at our Avork Avith rencAved zeal Avith each 
renewed glimmer of the sun. "Make hay while the sun 
shines. ' ' 

A Judgment 

Just today, I had a talk Avith a prominent business man, 
a banker. He gave it as his matured judgment that the sin- 
ful Avorld is passing through some direct interA^ention of 
Providence. With all the sorroAv and suffering, the world 
has not turned to God. A plague that seems very contagious 
Avliere it develops and yet AA'hich develops Avhere contagion 
never could have carried it, is a mighty strong argument 
to such a conclusion. Are Ave as busy at the Master's busi- 
ness as Ave should be? 

Are We Consistent? 

Church leaders are often found these days among those 
Avho argue that revivals should not be held because of the 
"flu." At the same time, they are as busy at their business 
as Ihey can be regardless of contagion that flaunts them in 
the face. Today, I placed Avith both of the tOAAar papers, 
an "ad" in Avhich I say something like this: "A ReviA'al ! 
Yes! Why not? Everything else goes right on. Business, 
lodges, pool, niOAnes, dinners, parties. Our children go to 
school. Are church peoj^le the biggest coAvards? Is church 
Avork the least important ? We Iselieve not. We shall prove 
it. Revival begins at The First Brethren Church next Sun- 
day. ' ' Let us not be caught by the subtle arguments of the 
Devil, so as not to be found Avatching Avhen the Master 
comes.. BAME. 

AN OPEN LETTER TO ILLIOKOTA 

Dear Illikotians : 

I feel constrained to thus Avrite to you for I fear you 
may have lost your "Four Year Program Booklet." If you 
Avere at conference at Dallas Center you knoAV that the pas- 
tor, superintendent of the Sunday school and presidents of 
the Christian Endeavor and of the Sister's Society Avere giv- 
en each a book. If you Avere not there and have not receiA-ed 
such a book by mail write me at once, if you are one of the 
aboA'e named officers. You Avill find these books to be abso- 
lutely indispensable. 

NoAV open the book and you are confronted by a post 
card. Please fill out your report and address the card to 
me and be sure and mail it at once. All reports of the Four 
Year Program should be in my hands this month. As a dis- 
trict conference Ave hold second place in the brotherhood, a 
fine record indeed shoA\ing that Ave liaAe made a strong and 
steady effort together. We must not fail noAV. I thank you 
in advance. Very sincerely, 

B. T. BURNAVORTH, District Goal Director. 

P. S. — Please send Avith your report your first quarterly 
apportionment for District Missions. B. T. B., 

Secretary of the Mission Board. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



The Heart of Evangelism By g. c. carpenter 

(The following article by Brother Carpenter dealing with personal work, is the first of a series of articles on Evangelism.— Editor.) 



Bo you know how the Young Men's Christian Associa- 
tion began 1 A young man named George Williams came 
to have a vital, close, personal acquaintance with another 
person, the Lord Jesus Christ. It made George Williams -a 
new man to know that person, it made his life all over. AVhat 
did he do in consequence of this new personal relation? 
HE SET OUT TO INTRODUCE OTHER YOUXG l\K^ 
TO THIS PERSON, JESUS CHRIST, WHO HAD BECOME 
THE REDEEMER OF HIS LIFE. Bishop McDowell made 
'tlie above statement in a recent address before the Confer- 
ence of Federated Churches and concluded the statement 
with these significant words, "And that, in the heart of it, 
in the great big depths of it, in the inaccessible heights of it, 
is EVANGELISM, that one person, who knows Jesus Christ 
as his Redeemer, should introduce other people to Jesus 
Christ, that he may become their Redeemer." 

The greatest need in the church today is not more meet- 
ings of any of the many varieties, not more organization, 
not more evangelists, not more preachers, but that the l^ur- 
den of the tragedj^ of lost and condemned souls might rest 
with tremendous weiglit upon the laity of tlic church. The 
heart of evangelism is both in the pulpit and in the pe^v. If 
only one side of this organ of evangelism is active the result 
is a critical and dangerous condition. And it is that condi- 
tion mtli which the church must deal today. Long ago the 
great preacher, Spurgeon, said in London. "It is the busi- 
ness of the preacher to fill the pulpit, but it is the business 
of the laity to fill the pews. There has never been such a 
thing as an empty church when all the laymembers did their 
duty. ' ' Every minister ought to he a personal worker, that 
being one form of his ministry, but his M'ork must largely 
fail unless the laity of his church are busy inti'oducing peo- 
ple to Jesus Christ. And therein is the greatest need of the 
church today. 

There is no sufficient excuse for not doing this worlt. 
Every person who really kno\vs Jesus Christ as his Savior 
must and will set out personally to bring his brother and 
his friend and his neighbor to his Christ for their salvation. 
Timidity is of Satan. Trying to get to heaven without liv- 
ing for others is paradoxical. Pleading inability to argue 
Scripture is not in order. Another well says, "Men are 
not brought to Christ by being beaten in an argument. It 
is the beauty, the persistence, the tenderness of an interest, 
it is the consistency of a testimony, that wins men to Christ. ' ' 
It is the tender heart interest in another that is needed in the 
church today, more Andrews to go out after Simon Peters. 
Many try but give up all too easily. The Bishop says, "I 
asked a j^oung man if the young woman he had been paying- 
court to had agreed to marry him." He said, "Not yet." 
"How many times have you asked herl" "Every time I 
have seen her for three years, and when I have not seen her 
I have telegraphed her or telephoned her or written her; 
there is never a day that the girl goes to sleep without know- 



ing I" want her." I said, "How long are you going to keep 
that upV Then he said a perfectly fine thing, "UNTIL I 
GET HER OR SOMEBODY ELSE DOES." There must be 
a persistent and tender and unwearied interest, a testimony 
as clear as the sunlight, a life consistent and earnest. Even 
tlie weakest lay member of the church can Avith an overflow- 
ing heart of Christian love be an evangel to co-operate with 
the pulpit in bringing the unsaved to the cross. 

The blessing that accrues is double, souls are saved and 
tlie soul-savers are kept saved: Souls become rich in eternal 
\\ealth. Two In-others in Ohio, one a cripple and the other 
a strong athlete, grew to manhood on the farm. Both were 
educated. Both came to Chri.'-:t and united with the church. 
The time came to considei' theii' careers in life. The athlete 
said, "I will he a farmer and stockman. I want to get 
rich." He prospered and succeeded in getting rich. But 
his health failed and in his zeal to lay up riches on earth he 
cut out the church and lost his zeal in the work of the King- 
dom. The cripple said, "Lwill go to the Northwest and mine 
will be a Sunday tchool career." The Loi-d prospered him 
and greatly blessed his efforts, and when he died there were 
a "thousand Sunday schools oi'ganized" to his credit. When 
tlie rich brother died scarcely any one mourned, but when 
the crippled brother died thousands of people in four states 
Avept. The rcAvard that comes to the trire evangel, minister 
or layman, is iuestiinal:)le and imperishable. 

"Deeds not words" was the keynote of the life of The- 
odore Roosevelt. He was a man of words but his words -were 
hacked by deeds. He made his profession good. "No man 
since Lincoln's day had so many followers among the plain 
people." This \\-as in part because of his heart svTiipathy 
with the masses and also because his entire life was one of 
"atfirmative action." A favorite text of his was, "Be ye 
also doers of the Word, not hearers only." And the motto 
he set for himself early in his youth was. "Better faithful 
than famous." His active life brought the word "strenu- 
ous" into common use. He was known as the greatest apos- 
tle of the "strenuoiis life." yet he often exhorted the peo- 
ple to lead the "simple life." He taught himself never to 
cry "quits," no matter how severe the bludgeonings of 
chance. He was a true patriot. It Avas his proud boast that 
he was of no section but Avas "straight United States." 
Would that the laymen of the church Avere all "sti-enuous" 
in "affirmative action" and straight Kingdom of God. 

"And AndreAv brought Peter to Jesus." Andrew lives 
in Peter. Ananias lives in Saul of Tarsus. That faithful 
mother lives in her boys AA^hom she gaA^e to the Lord. That 
faithful minister lives in them Avhom he led to Christ. In 
AA'hom A\-ill the laymen of the church of today live Avhen they 
depart this life? Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and 
he said, "As the Father hath sent me, even so send I you." 
The heart of Evangelism is in personal soul-winning. 



Gratuitous Service By Edwin E. Jacobs, Ph.D. 



There seems to be a notion abroad, that it is not only 
proper and desirable, but even possible for certain classes 
of men to give their serAdces Avholly or in part gratiutously. 
It seems to be a time-honored notion that those Avho engage 
in any form of socialized AA^ork should look elsewhere other 
than their present job for a livelihood. To mention the 
Avholly trivial and miimportant matter of salary, with Avhich 
one is to feed and clothe one's children, when dealing AAdth 
such organizations as the Y. M. C. A., the public schools, 
colleges, the church, or any other form of socialized Avork, is 
the sia positively unpardonable. Did a teacher or preacher 



cA^er ask for an increase in salary? Noav let the arguments 
begin to show hoAv utterly impossible it Avould be. There 
is, first of all, the poor taxpayer. He must be considered. 
Then there too is the matter of endoAvment and other de- 
mands Avithout end. Fie! and .shame on such an unAvorthy 
member of these high professions aa'Iio Avould ask for an in- 
crease of pay ! 

The mere matter of properly feeding, doctoring, and 
clothing one's children sinks into utter nothingness AA'lien 
compared with the high ideals of certain professions! Even 
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aslv foi' luoi-e paj'. Does nut plain living and high thinking 
go hand in hand? Is not the slave to appetite, even a small 
or nomral aijpetite, something of a disgrace to the intel- 
lectually elect? Ought not the comforts, not to say delights 
of this world l)e taboo to those who are dealing with the 
"higher values" of life? Is not the making of a life giant 
high ahoA'c all else in the world ? When one is thus seeking 
bread, may he not after all be getting a stone? And those 
who are seeking a fish, may they not in reality be I'eceiving 
a scorpion? 

But I'eally, the' clothing and shoes of such consecrated 
men and ^vomen Mali wear out for there .'^eems to l)e no spe- 
cial providence as there -was with the Israelites to make 
them wear forty years, although by much repair and saving 
and methods of dry cleaiiing, they may be made to go con- 
siderably over lialf of that awful stretch of time. Men and 
\\om('n ^\ ho ser-\-e the state as teachers as Avell as those who 
serve the chuich in like manner must live, or almost live, 
after all. Their needs and tastes are quite human. Do you 
sec that I'ich banker going there m his high-powered auto- 
mobile' Well, what in the world would a very tiny and 
hnmlile Iciichcr in the grades want with such a piece of 
machinery, any way? Have you f.een his library of buck- 
ram, half-calf, gold stamped? Such books give such a classy 
look to the library! But as for the humble man who really 
wants to read, let him be content Avith such books as come 
from Leai'y's Old Book Store (Philadelphia, Pa.) or Long 
& Ilunrmcl (Columbus, Ohio), and as for the automobile and 
butlers and valets and servants — some are so utterably low 
in the scale as not to be able to appi'cciate them anyway. 
Ai'e not some of us to be hewers of wood and drawers of 
water, so that some are liorn to M-alk and some to ride, al- 
though "all are made of' clay?" So plod along, ye teachers 
and preachers, j-e mental toilers of earth, take no thought 
for the morrow but let the other fello-^v take the thought and 
the comforts and .joys. 

Xov,-, gi'atuitous service, oh what a joyous and blessed 
thing in the absti'act ! Oh. ho^v pleasant to think about, for 
^vllen the cold of winter chills this thought gives a Avarmth 
and a gloAv that nothing can I'emove, unless the winter cold 
becomes a bit too intense. But in the concrete, pure and 
complete and unadulterated gratuitous service does not 
exist. In the last analysis it can not exist. It is only a beau- 
tiful thought conjured up to make some of us feel good. 
That is all. for if one gave his service iinstintedly to charity, 
still he would have to be kept while doing his task. Noav 
there are only two ways that this being kept may be ac- 
complished ; either his own job must keep him or some other 
man's job. Srrppose I decide to give my Avhole time to work 
that does not keep me and my family. Who will keep them 
Some other "gratuitous job? Hardly. Either my friends, my 
Avife, or children or an inherited estate, if I were so lucky as 
to have one, must keep me or ebc a job that does pay must 
sui)ply my living. There is no other wny. Hence all men 



could not give their whole time to work that does not pay 
for, if they were to rely on inherited wealth, then that 
wealth would have to be gotten by some one who did work 
for pay. 

It is uttei- nonseme for a college, church, or public 
school board to assume that they can keep good capable 
men or any men on starvation pay. It is more than non- 
sense, it is a sin. For every man not only has a right to 
the four following but it is his bounden and Christian duty 
to provide them; the maintenance of proper living condi- 
tions while he is at his task; the keeping, clothing, feeding 
and doctoring of his childi'en ; the giving of them a start in 
life, either by money, or by a ti'aining and educatio)i; and 
the laying away of enough to keep him off of public charity 
A\-hen he is old. This is the minimum Christian duty aloii'g 
these lines and nothing less is right. Professor Carver of 
Harvard some time ago wrote a book called "A Religion' 
Worth Having," and this was his thesis in part, that one 
has a religious duty in the above named lines of endeavor. 
For while one nuiy be willing to give his services for small 
or iu'ufCicicnt pay. one still has a duty to his family, which 
duty is llie highest and nutst saci-ed of all worldly obliga- 
tions. 

And hiring boards which are paying less than a living 
^vage, in so far as they are able to pay more than they are 
now paying, are committing sin and those who are willing 
to accept this little pittance thrown even unwillingly to 
them, are committing no less a sin if thereby they ai'c robbing 
a family of the things Avhich they should have in order to 
mal<c their lives blessed, fruitful, and complete. 

I speak for two things in this paper., Finst of all. 1 want 
to call attention to the utter nonsense of assuming that one 
can give a lifetime of service and not be paid anything to 
speak of for it, for back of everything one uses, there is 
expressed an economic endeavor and if one does not earn 
enough to keep himself, then some one else has to do so for 
him. That makes him in so far a pauper and a public bur- 
den, a parasite, and a stick-tight on the economic system 
under which he ekes out his miserable. life. 

Secondly. I speak for the family of the man who toils 
with insufficient pay. There are countless thousands of 
children born noA\- who have their chances of a. decent and 
honest life .put in jeopardy because their parents are forced 
from sheer economic necessity to neglect them. If the pub- 
lic school boards, the managers of great businesses, and hir- 
ing boai'ds generally, have any doubts about this, it is high 
time that some one should at least lead them towards the 
light. If you have a right to ask me to work for insuffcient 
pay, then I have as good a right to a.sk it of you, regardless 
of who you are or what your business is. Sin is sin, no mat- 
ter who commits it or where, and error is error wherever 
found, and it is about time that the nonsense of the blessed- 
ness of working foi' about half pay be properly aired. 



The Place Music Holds In Worship By Hazel Reiser 



ilusic claims a gi'eat part in any program, and especially 
in a religious service. Yet how frequently we find it under- 
valued, considering the great good it brings to countless 
souls. 

A M'riter has said that without music we would have ]io 
avenue of approach to God. How true this is! Nothing 
will melt hardness of heart and unlock the bolted doors of 
the inmost soul of man more quickly than music rendered 
by a spii'it-filled person, overflowing with the love of God. 
From the singer's soul and by his music God's love is 
passed on to another life. 

Of all the definitions of music that we have seen none 
satisfies as well as that of Luthei', who said, "Music is an 
art which can calm the agitations of the soul." He realized, 
no doubt from the part music played in his work during the 
refornuition, that nothing could give such calmness and 
comfort when the heart was troubled nor inspire siicli hope 



when depressed, and nothing can induce such a sense of rest- 
fadness wlien weary in body and mind. In this way music 
has played a large part in the busy world throughout the 
ages. Even as far back as Saul's time, we are told that he 
and his people summoned the aid of musicians to drive away 
the evil spirits, leaving their soul refreshed and in peace. 

If music has such value, how important it is that we 
should have the very best music in our wor.ship. After six 
days of hard labor, with the mind intent on business, many 
men often enter God's hoiise on the Sabbath day tired in 
bodj' and mind, still holding on to the tasks of the world. 
Tn a condition like this, nothing is more important and more 
helpful in preparing the mind and soul for the Avorship to 
follow than a soft, quieting, prelude. It consoles the mind 
just as it lulls the tired baby to rest. 

And then, much should be made of the songs of praise 
and prayer, During the reforroatiou, it was said of Luther 



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that he made more converts by his hjnnns than by his preach- 
ing. To do the greatest good, these hymns must come from 
laearts that are in harmony with the great music Master, 
God, for then they will reach the souls of listeners and make 
their minds readj'- foi-, and hearts I'eeeptive to the word 
which is presented. Bvej'y singer should use what talent 
lie has in praising God with his whole soul. AVe should say 
as Jenny Lincl once gave answer to a friend, "I sing from 
the heart: realizing that my voice is a gift from God, I 
always feel in singing that I am singing to God and from 
God ; it is the only return I .can taa'ke unto the Lord for the 
gift he has besto-wed upon me. ' ' When every one can truly 
say this we can feel certain that we are pleasing God in our 
worship, and extending his kingdom in the hearts of men. 

Music is a great means of inspiring and thrilling the 
souls of men. Who" has not been spurred to greater service 
and inspired to live a better Christian life after having heard 
songs with soul-stirring melodies sung "wdth religious enthu- 
siasm and in a spirit of praise to God. How often we h&xe 
lieard it said, "that song just puts new life in me. I Ivuow 
T can work harder now." Such singing stii's our feelings 
and sends us forth with "liglit liearts to do oui' daily IrsIvs, 
and to do them more nobly. 

But more than merely inspiring worshippers to nobler 
living and greater service, those who sing have an opportii- 
nity of singing the "woi'd of God into some unconverted 
soul. The hymns and songs are the choir's direct message to 
the world as truly as the preacher's sei'mon is his. There- 
fore it should sing to the glory of God, sing with spirit and 
with power, sing with the hope of calling men from dark- 
ness into light, from the paths of sin back to God. 

Then again, good music often attracts people to the 
house of God who Avould not come otherwise. Sometimes 
l^eople, who are indifferent to religion, have no care for the 
preacher and no desire to hear his message, come to listen 
to the music. And occasionally a person is found,, who even 
when he considers the sermon dry and unhelpful, and is 
wholly deaf to any message Avliich the -words of the songs 
may bear, attends simiily for an hour of entertainment, for 
the pleasure received from the music alone. And in a mo- 
ment when he is least expecting, "all things are possible 
with God," some message which the music brings, thorough- 
ly pierces his soul and he is either made to think seriously 
for the first time, or is converted entirely. As it was possi- 
ble for God to so instantly pierce the heart of Saul and 
change him into a true follower, just so is it possible for him 
now, to act through the power of music in changing men's 
hearts. 

We are told that music is of divine origin, that it takes 
three to write a hymn — God, the writer of the words and 
the writer of the music. History tells us that all great writ- 
ers of music, especially of sacred music, have received their 
inspiration while seated within some church or cathedral. 
So it was with Gounod, who was observed, day after day, 
sitting in a corner of Notre Dame cathedral, receiving his 
inspiration from that noble temple, as he worked busily on 
that widely kno^^^Ti and remarkable production, "The Re- 
demption." If, then, we must consider God as one author, 
with the other two authors depending on him and the things 
made sacred by association with him as well as the wonders 
of his world for their inspiration, should we not gi^-e full 
honor to the one great and only real Author of music and 
recognize the power he can exercise by it? As he has done 
in the past so he can today, use this wonderful work of his 
in turning the hearts of men to him and in -converting them 
even instantly to his righteous ways. 

Again sacred music encourages prayer. It produces a 
prayerful atmosphere which makes those present feel the 
need of communion with God. Many silent prayers have 
been made to ascend to his throne by the deliverj^ of some 
quiet, peaceful hymn, and, in turn, God has sent back his 
message of "be ye not afraid, I will be with thee," thus 
making his children feel the safety and the assurance ^vith 



which they can encounter the evils of this world ,and, at the 
same time, making them realize the satisfaction which God 
has in their attempts to do good. It is quite safe to say that 
often these prayers come more deeply from the heart than 
many prayers made audibly. And nothing is more needed in 
making oiu- worship more acceptible to God than hearts 
o^-erflowing -with the atmosphere of prayer. 

That which the world lacks most today is a sympa- 
thizing heart, one who considers the troubles and trials of 
others, and who is I'ight -willing to lend a helping hand at 
any time. But it is sad to say that in this busy world we are 
so likely to become thoughtless, thinking only of self and 
leaving others to work out their own salvation, when per- 
haps their way is much rougher than ours. In such times 
we need often only the right music, music coming fi-om a 
soul inspired of God, to change our selfish hearts and give 
us a sympathetic jiature, ready to serve "others" rather 
than "self." In this -way many Avhom the sermon cannot 
hold are kept within the church and away from the snares 
and temptations of the world. 

Yet, in spile of all the good that comes from music, and 
in spite of the sacredness with which each song should be 
sung, we find that music is often abused. It is sinful 
thoughtlessness on the part of any one to call for a song to 
be suiig while windows are being adjusted, or as a cover 
for any other disorder. If songs are ivorth singing, they 
are worth choosing and handling with the same degree of 
conscientiousness that is bestowed upon the sermon or pray- 
er, for theJ^ as much as any other part of worship, are mes- 
sages to and from God. 

Good music is as important in the Sunday school as in 
the church, because it instructs, inspires and influences 
young minds in a -wonderful and far-reaching way. No one 
can tell the influence of sacred mu.sic. 

Ijongfellow so forcefully brings out in his poem the last- 
ing effects of a song within the heart. His poem reads as 
follows: 

"T breathed a song into the air. 
It fell to earth, I knew not Avhere : 
Poi- who has sight so keen and strong. 
That it can follow the flight of song? 



"Long, long afterward, 

The song, from beginning to end. 

I found again in the heart of a friend." 

Just so if we require good music in the Sunday school it 
will find root in the heart of some child and will grow, and 
in time will blossom forth into good thoughts and deeds, 
both so necessary for Christian living and friendship. And 
in this way foundations may be laid for the building of good 
characters in the future. 

Let us learn to value music highly and use it rightly. 
And let us have a better understanding of its wonderful in- 
fl"wence and its important place in worship. Remember the 
words of that- man of God when he said that music affords 
fi great avenue of approach to God and leads men to higher 
and more lasting things, and that it is a means of making 
life dearer and heaven nearer. 



"The wind blo-si-eth where it li^teth. and thou hearest 
the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, or 
whither it goeth : so is every one that is born of the Spirit." 
(John 3:8). We knoAv that the wind listeth to blow where 
there is a vacuum. If you find a ti'emendou', rush of wind 
you know that somewhere there is an empty space. T am 
perfectly sure about this fact: if we could expel all pride, 
vanity, self-righteousnes'^. self-seekins'. desire for applause, 
honor and promotion — if by some divine power we should 
be uttei'ly emptied of all that — the Spirit would f-ojue as a 
rushing mighty wind to fill us.— -A. J. Gordon. 



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THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



Christ's Challenge to the Church 



By H. M. Harley 

Text, John 20:21 



The time of special evangelistic effort is even now upon 
lis, and a few thoughts along the line of our opportunities 
tuicl responsibilities for personal evengelism, should be par- 
ticularly apt just now. And in order to find our proper 
place in the world, as ambassadors for Christ, we must first 
ef all consider the mission upon which Jesus himself was 
sent into the world. 

God saA\' the sinful condition of men, and he knew where 
8in would eventually bring the human family. He lo\"ed 
inankind, and looked down upon them in pity. And so he 
sent his Son Jesus into the world, to tell men of his love for 
(hem, and of his power and desire to save. Jesus recog- 
nized his mission early iir life, e^-en at the age of twelve and 
often during his ministry he refei-red to the fact that he must 
do the Avoj-k to which he had been called. 

Now, Christ's mission was not completed until he laid 
down his life for the world. But before he did this, he knew 
that his message of love and good will must be taken up by 
someone and heralded do^vn through the ages and around 
the world. And so he called to himself, first the twelve, and 
later on the seventy, and he asked them to take up and con- 
that they -were to go out among men eveiywhere as his rep- 
resentatives, as those entrusted with divine authority, and 
they were to serve as ambassadors for God. The words, ' ' I 
send you," read in the original Greek, "I charge you;" "I 
charge you to go forth and accomplish this commission of 
mine in the world." And while these words were addressed 
in the first instance to the apostles and to the early church, 
yet they were meant as well, and with no less foi'ce, for every 
individual who has ever named the name of Christ, and all 
lhos;e who have found a haven in the church of Christ today. 
All fiich persons does Jesus send forth, to work his works 
upon the earth. As Jesus came to Mork the ivorks of his 
heavenly Father, so all ^\'ho are partakers of his salvation, 
are sent out by him to do the Father's work, each according 
to his calling, and according to the gift he may have re- 
ceived. To every man and to every woman there is given a 
work to be done. To all Christ gave the charge to work in 
his vineyard. And none need fear lest they will not be alile 
1o do anything yorth Avhile. When our Lord first gave this 
charge, the accoimt says that "Pie breathed upon them, and 
said to them, 'Eeeeive je the Holy Ghost.' " He gave to 
Ihem the Holy Spirit to strengthen, to enlighten and to put 
life into their words and power into their efforts. And this 
^ame Holy Spirit is granted richly to all who have really 
given themselves to God, to do their Master's work in the 
world. Christ jiromices the Holy Spirit to all who desire 
lo know and to do his will, and through him they not only 
receive sti'ength and enlightenment, but he, the Spirit, 
promises to help and prosper them iir every good work. 

And ^ve must remember, in taking up this work of 
Christ in the world today, that ^ve are to do the work of 
God, even as Jesus himself did; that we have God's author- 
ity for our efforts, even as did he ; that we, in the doing of 
this work, have the favor aiid lielp of God, as did he; and 
that we shall likewise be rewarded for our faithfulness, by 
being owned and made heirs to heaven's same good that 
Christ himself received from the Father. 

A revival in the church is the result of several things: 
one or more persons letting the Lord Jesus Christ be not only 
their Savior, but really their Lord and Master; those per- 
rons faithfully f tudying the Mord of God to know his will ; 
praying earnestly in his name, that his will may be done 
in all things; and faithfully witnessing to his powei", in ov- 



der that he may enter ii^to lives round about them. When 
the mind of Christ becomes the mind of one or more persons 
in the church, -when his burden becomes their burden, and 
his desire their desire, then a revival is sure to manifest it- 
self. 

Charles G. Finney, one of the world's greatest revival- 
ists, said that there are three requisites to a true revival of 
religion ; first, devout prayer and consecration ; i-econd, house 
to house visitation and third, personal contact of Chris- 
tians with unbelievers. These three methods have all been 
tried and proven effectual. And where these are lacking, no 
other thing that is substituted ^vil] bring any results worth 
the while. 

If you were to ask me what one thing is necessary foi' 
the Christian -worker, I would answer without hesitation, 
"Pei'sonal holiness." No gifts, however brilliant, no labors, 
Jiowever diligent, can take the place of this. We must first 
of all examine and judge ourselves and put away all known 
•sin, if we would draw another soul to Christ. If we clierisli 
or pi'aetice knoMn sin in oui' lives, God will not hear us as 
A\e pray, and the world will not be influenced either by our 
words or efforts. AVe must be "living epistles for him. And 
more, we dare not be too sensitive to the things that others 
may say or do. We must be loving, forgiving, long-suffer- 
ing and always return good for evil. 

Then, next to personal holiness comes prayer. Every 
revival woi'thy of the name has been born in prayer. A 
true revival costs lots of pi'ayer and an agony for souls, 
tinue the work that he himself had started. He told them 
Many entire volumes have been filled with wonders wrought 
through prayer. x\nd what prayer has done for others, it 
will do for you and yours. Have you any loved ones out of 
Christ, whom you would like to see saved? It matters not 
whei'e they are, whether at home, in the West or the South- 
land, or Avhether even across the seas, the shortest route to 
them in any part of the world is by "(vay of the throne of God. 
You can lift up a prayer in Pittsburgh today, and God Avill 
answer it, even imto the uttermost parts of the earth. This 
has been demonstrated beyond dispute. And listen, if you 
would see a true revival in your midst, parents must pray 
for their children, wives must pray for their husbands, Sun- 
day school teachers must pray for their scholars and young 
people must pray for their associates, while the w^hole church 
must pray earnestly for the unsaved. Get the people to 
Ijraying, and a revival will be the result. 

But prayer of itself is not enough. If Ave woiild bring 
about a true and lasting revival, we must work as well as 
pray. There is such a thing as superfluous prayer. A per- 
son prays too much when he makes prayer a substitute for 
work. It is no use asking God to do for us what he expects 
us to do for ourselves or for others. I believe that there are 
those to whom Ave are bound to extend the offer of salvation, 
for we have more infliience over then than any others, and 
when Ave refirse to extend the offer of sah^ation to them and 
content ourselves merely Avith praying for them, our prayers 
Avill not go A^ery far. The shirking of the man who prays and 
the praying of the man Avho shirks are equally displeasing 
to God, and Avill prove equally fruitless in bringing alw.t any 
results. There are many people in the church AAdio sit doAA^n 
and let souls die in sin under the plea, "I am not led." or 
"If the Lord opens the Avay," and maybe God has been Avait- 
ing all these years for that very person to do just that vei-y 
thing, small though it may seem to be. The scripture says, 
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OUR D EVOT IONAL 

The Christian and Daily Prayer 
By G. W. Rench 

Our Scripture Lesson 

"Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with 
thanksgiving; Withal praying also for iis, that God would 
open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of 
Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it 
manifest, as I ought to speak" (Col. 4:2-4). 

Our Meditations 

There is a great lack of appreciation of the place and 
power of prayer in our lives. What a large place it occu- 
pied in Paul's ministiy of the Gospel, and how he taught 
the duty of prayer for himself. As ministers, we do not real- 
ize how much we need the prayers of the laity. To the 
Thessalonians lie requests prayer: "Finally, lirethi-en, pray 
for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, 
even as it is also with you." Mark how that prayer for the 
success of the gospel is bound up with prayer for the preach- 
er of the gospel. The figure carries us to the race course. 
It represents the gospel as a runner — a contestant — in the 
course of life. The triumphant finish is in view. Rejoicing 
in heaven ovei' the one siiuier that repenteth, is a thrill of 
mighty triumph. He wants prayer for the triumph of the 
gospel, which he afterwards saw in Ephesus, when multi- 
tudes came together and made a bonfire of their bad books. 
That was a great race, and what a splendid finish. 

Then, to the Colossians, he reminds them that he is in 
Rome, a prisoner, dwelling in his own hired house, meeting 
many people. That the widest latitude of success to the gos- 
pel maj' come in that great city, he urges prayer that God 
may open doors for the Word. That prayer was founded 
upon the conviction that "God is living and present and 
powerful in providences that open the way for the preach- 
ing of the Word. And the answer fame, for to the Philip- 
pians he wrote, "Now, I would have you know, brethren, 
that the things which happened unto me have fallen out 
rather unto the progress of the gospel; so that my bonds 
became manifest throughout the whole praetorian guard, 
and to all the rest; and that most of the brethren in the 
Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abund-. 
antly bold to speak the word of God without fear." Yes, 
this is Paul, of like nature with other men, urging brethren 
to pray that open doors may be presented while he is a 
prisoner, for the Gospel of the Son of God. Oh, yes; pray 
for your ministers, brethren. Pray for an opportunity of 
speech — "that moment when one word of love and light" 
will win some obstinate soul to Christ. Pray for the oppor- 
tunity of example, when in the moment of great tension, a 
storm of passion may be quieted by the spirit of Jesus 
.shining through the life. Pray for the opportunity of great 
sacrifice, when such an example may open the eyes of sel- 
fish hearts to the beauty of being "hid in him." 

Our Prayer 
"Father in heaven, banish hate from our lives, and 
dread, and the last trace of selfishness. Let no guile lin- 
ger in our hearts. Spirit of God, enlarge us, and steep us, 
with thyself. We would rife to our high heritage as God's 
own children and comrades. We want the wide vision, the 
lofty aim. a spirit always noble, a heart quick to feel, and 
a hand strong to serve. Oh, for a love that will pierce 
through barriers, and toiTch the unlikeliest to new life ! We 
want to be of iise — not dribbling out our days in pampering 
self, or in fi-etting over failures, or in moping over losses. 
We would walk Avith thee — above the fog; or, if that be 
better for us, through the fog, serene and buoyant : magnets, 
drawing the disheartened to us, and with us into thy peace 
and gladness." Ma^ this yeteraii pastor's prayer begin the 
year lor us. 



THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



After the Revival— What? 

One answer to this frequent question was suggested by 
a letter of inquiry. It was written by Brother Ora C. Paul, 
of Muncie, Indiana. His thoughts follow: "In view of the 
fact that by the requirement of the Standard of Excellence 
each Brethren Sunday school must have a Teacher Train- 
ing class in order to make Point 5 or lose the 1919 seal, and 
because of our own need of trained Avorkers, Ave are inter- 
ested in the New Three Year course. We are looking for- 
ward to a rcA'ival in February, and will want to organize our 
class about March first." 

This forward-looking plan will commend itself to others 
who are wondering what they may do to conserve the results 
of the revival. Obviously enough the best method of con- 
servation is training and enlistment. It accords perfectly 
with the apostolic injimction: "The things Avhich thou hast 
heard among many Avitnesses, the same commit thou to 
faithful men, aa'Iio shall be able to teach others also." The 
most effective means of such commital is the training class. 
Full proof Avill be found in a study of ' ' The Educative Pro- 
cess in Religion" by Dr. L. L. Garber. 

J. A. GARBER. 

Explanation On Counting 

According to Brother Goughnour, points on attendance 
may be gained from Sunday to Sunday by a two percent in- 
crease over the required amount for the preceding Sunday, 
though it Avill mean more to your school if you try for a tAvo 
percent over the preceding actual attendance, if that was 
above the required amount. Here foUoAvs Brother Gough- 
nour 's OAvn Avords Avritten in response to inquiries: 

"To make the contest valuable there ought to be a tAvo 
percent increase over the first Sunday's attendance, if the 
first Sunday's attendance is more than sixty percent of the 
enrollment. If the first Sunday's attendance is less than 
sixty percent, the requirement should be a tAvo percent in- 
crease over the .sixty percent. HoAvever any Sunday any 
school has its tAvo percent increased based on sixty percent 
the first Sunday qualifies in attendance. 

H. L. GOUGHNOUR. 

Elkhart, Indiana, Jan. 19, 1919. 
This is a little late but please announce that the Sunday 
school of First Brethren church, Elkhart, Indiana, accepts 
the challenge of the Waterloo Sunday school to contest as 
announced in EA^angelist. We could not announce it soon- 
er on account of no teachers' and officers' meeting during 
the "flu" ban. A. J. WINELAND. Superintendent. 

H. H. WOLFORD, Pastor. 

La Verne, California, January 6, 1919. 
The LaVerne Brethren Sunday school accepts the chal- 
lenge of the Waterloo Sunday school for a mour-month con- 
test. MRS. J. A. McCLELLAN. 

Carleton, Nebraska, January 13, 1919. 
Our school is in for the four months ' contest. We stated 
last Sunday, January 5 and intend to carry it through to a. 
finish. 

J. D. KEMPER. 

Listie, Pa., January 9th, 1919. 
The Listie, Pennsyh^ania Brethren Sunday school ac- 
cepts the challenge of our sister school ( the Waterloo, loAva 
school). C. J. LARMON, 

Superintendent. 



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MISSIONS 



The Call From Kentucky By g, e. Prushai 



Under the above caption, we shall try to 
suggest some things that must enter into the 
Call from Kentucky, though the time finds 
us mighty busy. Getting the religious servi- 
ces under way again, school also starting up 
now, and with the " flu " among our dormi- 
tory boarders and no nurse on hand, make 
a very very anxiously busy combination. 

"The Call from Kentucky" has purposely 
not been pressed any for the last two years. 
The purpose of this was that the Kentucky 
work might not interfere with some of the 
other activities of the church in any way, 
but that those other needs might be met and 
cared for before presenting the larger Ken- 
tucky program. But we now believe that the 
time is near, if not here, when the needs of 
the work of our brotherhood in Kentucky 
are calling for more help. We believe this 
to be true of the field generally and also of 
Eiverside. As a denomination we must ex 
pand and enlarge, OR ELSE LET GO OF 
WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY POSSESSED. 
We can hold things about even for a time, 
but the time will come when there must be 
enlargement, or else decay will be the inevi- 
table result. This is naturally true of all 
such work, and especially true of our work 
in Kentucky at this time. 

First, the Call from Kentucky is a call 
from a real mission field. There are not a 
few, who doubtless have come to think that 
the mountaineers of Kentucky must have de- 
veloped to the place where they could be 
classed as those not in need of outside help 
any longer. Fourteen years ago there were 
at least two people in our brotherhood who 
thought that the work of changing the older 
order of things to the newer and better would 
be only the work of a couple of years. But 
they now see differently. They have, ere 
this time, found that the things that have 
been lived by a people for generations are 
not so quickly and easily thrown off. They 
find that the change is a matter of growth, 
and that much of the better things have to 
take time to grow up in the lives of the 
younger people. And even this growth, in 
the younger, is often retarded by the old 
order of things still existing in the older 
people. Here in the mountains, as elsewhere, 
the older people do not change their habits 
of life much. This is natural. 

But much of the conditions existing four- 
teen years ago still persist in many places. It 
is true that into Eastern Kentucky during 
the last few years have come much capital 
used in coal development along the railroad 
line. But this affects only principally the 
places along the railroad. But back from the 
railroad line there are manj' largo areas 
where conditions are still quite similar to 
what was found at Lost Creek. There are 
also places, and some quite large ones, along 
the railroad, which are holding out their 
hands for the gospel. These railroad places 
are susceptible of quicker financial develop- 
ment than those inland. But please do not 
tmderstand me to say that many of these 



places do not have any religious services. 
They do have such, possibly monthly or quar- 
terly. BUT THEY PRODUCE PRACTIC- 
ALLY NO RESULTS. Ninety-eight to nine- 
ty-nine percent of the people do not know 
Christ in such places, in our judgment. 

Secondly, the Call from Kentucky PLEADS 
FOR AN ENLARGEMENT OF OUR FIELD 
OF OPERATIONS. There must be more 
places of religious services established. The 
needs of the destitute places call for this. 
The needs of the places already established 
call for this. The demands for the continued 
life of our mountain work call for this. 

This enlargement in txirn calls for volun- 
teers for service, volunteers who are pos- 
sessed with the unconquerable Christ spirit, 
volunteers who after they have put their 
hand to the~ plow do not look back nor be- 
come discouraged, and w'ho are deeply and 
fully equipped with much common sense. 



And this enlargement of operations calls 
for a larger financial basis; for a time at least. 
This docs not mean that giving is not to be 
preached and practised here. The older 
places are now putting that pressure on as 
heavily as possible, and the new ones will. 
There will be good financial returns in due 
time. But with this the program of enlarge- 
ment ivhich the Call is now sounding, includ- 
ing the enlargement of the Held and the bet- 
ter equipment of Riverside, calls for a larger 
financial ijrogram for awhile. This program 
must not thwart or throttle any other enter- 
l^risc of our brotherhood. There must be mu- 
tual development in all the activities of the 
idnivfh. This will give opportunity to help 
the needy everywhere and thereby lay up 
treasure in heaven, the place of our future 
abode. ' ' He that putteth his hand to the 
plow and looketh back is not fit for the king- 
dom of heaven. ' ' ■ , 



HOME MISSION NOTES 
By G. C. Carpenter 



Twenty Stars 

As you read the report of Home Mission re- 
ceipts as given by Orion E. Howmau. Secre- 
tary-Treasurer, you will iiiul Iwi'jity sturs that 
indicate that only iwejity churches have thus 
far gone "Over the Top" with the Thanks- 
giving offei'ing. That means that only twen- 
ty churches ha\(' reached the thirty cents 
per member average. It will be noted also 
that the First Brethren church at Washing- 
ton, D. C, sent the largest amount among the 
star churches, which amount was seventy-five 
dollars. One hundred stars should be added 
in the next report. What Avill your church 
do? Make good, of course. To reach the 
goal of .fTjOOO for this year oxer -$3,500 must 
yet be contributed. The Brethren churches 
should reach this goal in the modern. Red 
Cross, Y. M. C. A. fa.shion. If we reached 
the goals set for us in the war drives, how 
much more should wo reach our goals in the 
drive for the Kingdom of Gnd! 

Sixty-five Churches 

Tliu.'i far sixty churches have responded 
with TbanksgiN iug ilission offerings. No 
cliurch should make excuse liec-ausc of the 
"flu" conditions that have hiudereil public 
.lerxices for a time in many places. Where 
there is a will there is a way. The other 
scxeuty percent of the Brethren churches 
should respond at once. Those that have not 
reacluMl the goal should not give it up. 
No Time to Spare 

One yiil in Riverside Institute says, "The 
studies that J take this year are Bible, 
.Vritluuctic, Composition and Ulictorie, Amer- 
ican History, History of Kentucky and Phys- 
iology. The "flu" hurt me \ ery badly, my 
temperature was 104.' ' 

Tithing Weekly Salaiy of $12.50 

One faithful, aged brother writes, "1 am 
keeping books for this firm, getting only 



■$12. .50 per week, but 'we are tithing and can 
save some besides." The Lord will make 
the remaining $11.25 go farther than the 
wliole amount xvould go, if the brother had 
been dishonest with the Lord and robbed him 
of his share. "The tithe is the Lord's." 

"My Partner in Business" 

i\. faithful young brother writes, "The 
Lord, who is my partner in business, has cer- 
tainly been wonderfully blessing me. In a 
short time I have cleared up $485 in cash. 
Pretty good for both the Lord and myself. 
His portion is $48.50 you know. He is a 
great fellow to work with and I want to be 
worthy of his partnership.'' 

' ' Little Brown Church Tithing Band ' ' 

There are at present nineteen members in 
this band and others are expecting to adopt 
the tithe as a minimum of their support of 
the Lord's Avork. The writer recalls that at 
(iiic time, while he was pastor of the First 
Brc-thren church at Warsaw there were 55 
active tithers in the Band at that place, and 
the showers of blessing that fell upon that 
wiirk were doubtless due in no small meas- 
ure to this fact. With tithing always comes 
a deeper spiritual life, hence the opening of 
the windows of heaven. The Peru church 
wants to open those windows directly above 
Peru. 

Bryan and Milledgevllle — Twins 

Brother G. L. Maus, pastor at Bryan, Ohio, 
writes, "Enclosed find check for $40 from 
the Bryan church for the Kentucky support 
fund. This places us in the class with those 
who have reached this goal of twenty cents 
|H-r member for Kentucky. Trusting that 
all the churches will reach this goal as well 
as all the rest and that at next General 
I'iMiference wo will have reached nil these' im- 
l»iitant goals." Brother Miles ,T. Snyder, 
(Continued on page W 



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PAGE 11 



J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 

The New World Compaign By j. a. Garber 



G. C. Carpenter 

SECRETARY 



Knowing that its membership consists of 
young people who are constantly dreaming 
of better things the officers of the United 
Society have aptly sensed the desire of their 
constituents and wisely outlined a campaign 
of 

Mobilization for World Brotherhood 

Its successful promotion requires a World 
Union committee of three or more forward- 
looking persons in each society. Ten duties 
of wide range have been suggested for the 
performance of this special committee. 1. To 
keep the society informed as to the proposed 
plans for world brotherhood, like the League 
of Nations. '2. To encourage the support of 
world-wide Christian Endeavor as a promo- 
tive agency. 3. To promote, as the oppor- 
tunity allows, international acquaintance 
through international intervisitation. 4. To 
encourage correspondence with Endeavorers 
of others lands as a means of cultivating clos- 
er fellowship, n. To keep the aims before the 
society in each meeting, devoting at least one 
to this particular task. 6. To organize study 
classes using text-books designed to advance 
world brotherhood. 7. To distribute litera- 
ture advocating international fellowship. 8. 
To help provide workers, and their support, 
for the rehabilitation of Christian work in 
war-stricken lands. 9. To encourage En- 
deavorers returning from service, who are 
capable and worthy, to list as Life Work 
Eecruits. 10. To keep constantly before the 
Endeavorers the world-wide, democratic, hu- 
manitarian and Christian ideals of the new 
era. All of these activities will help to real- 
ize the aims of this great movement, which 
are epitomized in the motto ' ' One is your 
Master, even Christ, and all ye are breth- 
ren. ' ' 

Believing that this large program of far- 
reaching consequences can become effective 
and fruitful through the localizing of speci- 
fic needs, the naming of particular agencies, 
the suggestion of efficient methods and the 
statement of definite goals, those responsible 
for its execution have proposed the following 
Local Program of Work: 
1. Christian Endeavor Membership 

The Need: To bring up the membership of 
our Christian Endeavor societies so as to fill 
the ranks depleted by war and render the 
strength of the societies adequate to their 
great new ta.sks; 

Agencies: The lookout committee, the Sun- 
day school committee, social committee, and 
society officers. All of these have their share 
in the work of recruiting. 

Methods: New members' socials to which 
each Endeavorer will be expected to bring 
one possible new member. A canvass of the 
Sunday school, with invitations to join the 
society. A similar canvass of the community; 
the placing of an einpty chair next to the 
chair of each member, who is expected to fill 
it with a new member obtained by himself. 
The division of the society iiilo two sections, 



with a contest to see which section will ob- 
tain the largest number of new members in a 
given time. 

Goal: As many young people in Christian 
Endeavor as there are young people in the 
local Sunday school. 

2. Larger Giving 

The Need: The enlarged work which Chris- 
tian Endeavor should undertake calls for lar- 
ger gifts to Christian Endeavor; and the en- 
larged work of the church calls for enlarged 
gifts from Christian Endeavorers to current 
church expenses and denominational missions. 

Agencies: The society treasurer, at the 
head of a society finance committee. 

Methods: The adoption of a society bud- 
get; frequent reports of the finance commit- 
tee to tlte society; a canvass of the society 
presenting the claims of the Tenth Legion: 
raising money, if desired, by means of bright 
and helpful entertainments, as well as by di- 
rect giving. 

Goal: Every s'ociety during 191!) to give 
twice as much as any year before, the gifts 
to be apportioned to the local church, and de- 
nominational home and foreign missions, and 
the work of Christian Endeavor. 

.3. Evagelism 

The Need: The church greatly needs re- 
cruits to do the larger work that opens be- 
fore it. 

Agencies: The lookout committee, prayer 
meeting committee, and music committee. 

Methods: Emphasize the prayer meetings 
whose topics are suggestive of evangelism. 
Form a personal workers' class. Divide 
among the personal workers those that are 
not church members, and strive in every way 
to persuade them to accept Christ and join 



the church. Hold frequent private meetings 
to report and consult regarding this work. 
Pray much for this task. Obtain the help 
and advice of the pastor. 

Goal: Every Christian Endeavorer in your 
society a church member. 

4. Patriotism 

The Need: In order that our country 
should do its part worthily in the new order 
of the world, it should be purified from the 
evils that- exist here, and strengthened in 
every way for its world-wide tasks. Particu- 
larly, as the prohibition amendment to the 
national constitution is so near ratification, 
there is need to push it to complete success 
with all the force of the churches; and after 
the amendment is ratified, there will be need 
to see that it is thoroughly enforced, and 
then to go on toward the still more glorious 
goal of a saloonless world. 

Agencies: The temperance and good-citi- 
zen-ship committee. 

Methods: The appointing of a temperance 
;ind good-citizenship committee in every so- 
ciety where one does not already exist. The 
strengthening of the society meetings on civic 
and temperance topics. The plannig of tem- 
perance mass meetings, obtaining speakers, 
furnishing music, and advertising them wide- 
ly. 

Goal: The full realization of our Christian 
Endeavor slogan: "A saloonless nation by 
1920, the three-hundredth anniversary of the 
leading of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock, 
and a saloonless world by 19.30." 

5. World Brotherhood 

The appointing of a World Union commit- 
tee in the local society, and its activities ac- 
cording to the suggestions made above. 



Ashland College Night 



February 9th is the day especially set 
apart for Brethren Endeavorers to remember 
Ashland College. Programs are in the course 
of preparation and will be sent out upon re- 
quest. Every Endeavorer ought to have a 
part in the victory we expect to report. Lead- 
ers of Endeavor societies will help in the 
' ' drive ' ' if they will report how many pro- 
grams they will require. 

Our goal has been set with three very 
definite objectives in mind: (1) A new life 
work recruit from each society. This goal 
will only be reached through prayer and 
preparation. Every young man and woman 
— yes, every Endeavorer — ought to come to 
the decision time with a prayerful, willing 
spirit and then as the call of a bigger, 
nobler task comes they should honestly decide 
what to do. 

(2) Three hundred and fifty dollars are 
needed. The money Will be apportioned thus: 
■'{!300 for Ashland College — chair of Religious 
Education; and $50 for the National Chris- 
tian Endeavor expenses. In this day of big 
.achievement it seems to me we ought to rais" 
.•pr.OO.OO, L^st vear ,sometliijjg lilic $4()0,0() 



was sent in and we ought to better the rec- 
ord this year. All that we raise over 5350.00 
will be put into the permanent endowment 
fund of the College. 

(3) A greater spirit of enthusiasm and 
real loyalty to Ashland is our third goal. 
This is something we dare not overlook; 
What if the College hasn't come up to your 
expectations. Is it going to help matters 
along if you keep on "bumping" the school? 
Remember you only get as much out of an 
institution as you are willing to put into it. 
Stand back of the College and show your 
fine loyalty. Boost! Boost! Boost! 

Just a word to the pastors. Now is your 
time to get in some personal, heart search- 
ing work with your young people and thus 
pave the way to that Life Work decision that 
some young -soul should make. 

The Angelus for February 2nd and 9th 
will have some items of interest for College 
night. 

Send requests for programs and the mem- 
Ih r.s (1( sired to either J. A. Garber or myself, 
EDWIN BOAT?TOI"AN, .IR, 



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NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



CANTON, OHIO, HAPPENINGS 

It has been entirely a matter of forgetful- 
ness and neglect and not because of any likes 
or dislikes in the matter of editors or offi- 
cials, that there has been no report of the 
work at Canton for a long time. Personally 
I shall continue to give my support to the 
Brethren Publishing Company no matcer .\\iO 
is at the head of affairs with the Company. 
It is as much my concern as any OJie else 
in the church and so my obligation is as large 
to it as any one's else. 

Canton has experienced no startling up- 
heavals in the work of the congregation dur- 
ing the last six months. The attendance at 
the various services of the congregation has 
not diminished, though we cannot say that 
it has greatly increased. Part of thig :^ta- 
tionary character of the crowds is due to the 
set-back which we experienced along with 
all churches, in the seven-weeks ban under 
which we were placed by the "flu" epidem- 
ic. But I must hasten to say for the Onn- 
ton church that she has "come back splen- 
didly from the effects of the ban. And Wat- 
erloo's challenge, which we have accepted, 
will doubtless help to bring us back more 
quickly to the pre-ban status in attcnc'anee 
and offerings. 

Financially the work at Canton is the best 
it has ever been. But of course it would be 
too bad if any report from a growing organ- 
ization did not show development in its finan- 
ces as well as otherwise. The report of the 
financial secretary at the yearly business 
meeting on January 8, 1919 showed the gifts 
of the congregation to have increased con- 
stantly during the past three years. In 1916 
the gifts of the congregation increased 
.$460.41 over 1915; in 1917 the increase was 
$621.33 over 1916; while in 1918 the increase 
was $231.30 over that of 1917, and the total 
for 1918 in receipts from all organizations 
and auxiliaries was $2,386.66. And it is due 
the congregation to say that the pastor re- 
ceived an increase in salary for 1918 and at 
the meeting on January 8, received a call for 
another year with increase in salary. Some 
of the above results are to be attributed to 
the very efficient work of the financial sec- 
retary, and the business-like methods which 
are in use in the gathering of the funds. 

With the large number of deaths evrry- 
where from the ravages of the influenzi the 
Canton congregation has, as yet, lost none of 
its members. There were de»ths j.mong 
members of some families and '■oiiio nf our 
regular attendants at church and Bible 
school have been taken by the Grim Reaper. 
But the active membership remains intact. 
For this we thank God. And we are looking 
forward to a season of ingathering about the 
time of the spring communion. 

Christian Endeavor work continues to t;iN 
the ingenuity of the active membership to 
maintain its existence. In the city the lure 
of the larger churches, with paid choirs and 
orchestras and modern-day preaching, togeth- 
er with the picture shows, which are open on 
Sunday despite the law, make it mighty up- 
hill work to hold the interest and allegiiiU'^e 



of the young people. But there are the faith- 
ful few who delight the heart of a pastor 
always and make sure the ultimate I'.it^ults 
of all efforts put forth for Christ and t'le 
church, and these we have, too, an.i for them 
we continue to pray and work. We are plan- 
ning to co-operate as largely as possible ivitli 
the plans of the United Society and the Ohio 
Christion Endeavor union, as well as the 
County Union, for the advancement of Chris- 
tian Endeavor, and are hoping to see some 
good accomplished. 

Takig all conditions into account we ure 
hopeful for the work .at Canton, and w( ;u.' 
looking forward to our fourth year 's -work 
with the good folks here with considerable 
confidence and hope. But we want to assure 
the readers of the Evauglist, and all the 
brethren, that we need their prayers, for it is 
' ' not by might, nor by power, bat by 
(God's) Spirit" that any great good is ac- 
complished; and so in his fear we go for- 
ward, aspiring to larger and better things 
than we have ever -yet accomplished for his 
cause. Fraternally, 

DYOI-L BEf.OTi:. 



CAMPAIGN NOTES 

This time the news comes from the Flora, 
Indiana, church, and I consider it very good 
news. Just about a year ago the Flora 
people dedicated a splendid new church, and 
it was not the part of wisdom to make the 
canvass for College endowment immediate^ 
after that event. Consequently we waited 
a year in order that Flora might recuperate. 
And as we have taken up the last lap of 
our work in Indiana we decided to begin with 
Flora. We started on Sunday morning, Jan- 
uary 5th, and was there just one week. The 
Flora church has many country members and 
it took a great deal of time to cover the 
field. 

Brother S. C. Henderson became pastor 
of this congregation last fall. He has had 
the same experience practically all pastors 
have had_ viz., his plans have all been held 
up or upset altogether, because of the epi- 
demic. Nevertheless he is right on the job 
and hoping that things may soon take a turn 
for the better. Brother Henderson entered 
most heartily with me into the campaign, as 
I knew he would. I found him very anx- 
ious to have his church go over the top for 
Ashland College. In this he was certainly 
not disapppointod. 

Flora went $2,000 and I am bound to pro- 
nounce that splendid in view of the fact that 
their dedication is only one year in the past. 
I have scarcely been at a place where the 
number of people who did nothing was so 
nearly an incident as at Flora. What I mean 
is this, that practically everybody whom we 
•approached did something for the cause. The 
Liberty Loan idea appealed strongly to the 
Flora people, and so I got the largest num- 
ber of Liberty Loans there I have received 
at any place. 

I must say tliat the Flora people are a 
most hospitable people. The home of Broth- 
er Amos Clingenpeel was my general stop- 



ping place, but I was made to feel at home 
in many other homes besides. Brethren 
Walter Pearson, Albert Clark and John Hum- 
berd used their cars freely in getting me 
around. You will note that I say "cars;" 
there are not many Fords around Flora. The 
land around Flora is so black and deep and 
rich and valuable that Fords don't seem to 
thrive very well there. Well, we had a fine 
time at Flora. Our services each night were 
well attended considering that there was still 
some "flu" at nearby points. Our last ser- 
vice on Sunday morning the 12th, was ex- 
ceptionally well attended and it was very ap- 
parent that the Flora people felt good over 
what had been accomplished for Ashland 
College. 

The Sunday school at this place is coming 
rapidly to the front. Brother Sylvester 
Whetstone is the superintendent. He enjoys 
the confidence of the people, and has a Sun- 
day school vision, and I predict splendid 
things for the Flora Sunday school under his 
leadership. Brother Henderson also recog- 
nizes the importance of the Sunday school 
and is fully acquainted with the organiza- 
tion and methods of the modern Sunday 
school, and I am sure these two men will do 
some good team work. 

On my first Sunday at Flora, Ex-Governor 
I'nink Hauly had a union temperance meet- 
ing in one of the Flora churches and that 
deprived me of the evening service. How- 
ever, Brother Lj'tle got wind of this and 
he invited me over to preach for him that 
night. I went. Lytle don't like to see any- 
body idle around him, and that is why he 
is a good pastor. I have reached the con- 
clusion that one of the best ways to keep 
church fights- at the minimum is to keep 
church members so busy they won't have time 
to scrap. Anyhow, I was glad I answered 
Lj'tle 's call." It was a fine service. Brother 
l^ytle had just begun a meeting and general 
aj)pearances pointed to a successful meeting. 

The reports will be from Indiana now until 
Indiana is finished. 

WM. H. BEACHLEE. 

Campaign Secretary. 



GLOVER GAP, WEST VIEGINIA 

I was not a little interested when I read 
Brother Baer 's introductory remarks, as he 
took up the editorship of our beloved Evan- 
gelist, when ho asked the help of all its pa- 
trons, saying that those who could write 
should do so, and those who could not should 
pray. I was reminded of my great uncle who 
was a constant exhorter. On being asked 
why he could make a much better prayer than 
address, replied, "It is a great difference be- 
tween talking to God and talking to men." 
So when I think of what Brother Baer said, 
I remember that there is a great difference 
between talking to God and talking to 20,000 
readers of the Brethren Evangelist. God will 
accept our poor jumbling jargon and under- 
stand it. So many of us can pray better 
than we can write. 

Well, I am glad to know that we have a 
God like that who can uaderstand all our 



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needs, frailties, and peculiarities. If we shout 
aloud he can hear; if we write he can under- 
stand and if we think he knows our thoughts. 

Now, Brother Baer, rest assured that there 
is at least one isolated member of the Evan- 
gelist family who will think a prayer for 
your daily success, and if my speech comes 
back again I will then ask petitions in words. 
As we loved Brother Teeter and his jurisdic- 
tion, we also feel the same towards you. 

I am daily thinking a prayer for Brother 
Bame and the success of the Pour Year Pro- 
gram, for I ara greatly interested in it. 

I think only success for Brother Baer in 
his new position for his many friends through- 
out the brotherhood will give him their co- 
operation, I am sure. 

Sincerely in his name, 
MARY A. SNYDER. 



FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 

Dear Evangelist Readers, and all the Breth- 
ren and Sisters, Greeting: I am writing you 
to tell you that we have dedicated another 
church for the Brethren. This cuts off an- 
other one of the 40 churches proposed in the 
Four Year Prograjn. 

Just a restatement of the work 
done here since last May. The 
Mission Board of Southern Cali- 
fornia moved their tent to Fill- 
more. This ten when all up will 
seat more than SOO people. A\ i' 
used the smaller size here. Broth 
cr Ijouis Baumau was the first e\ an 
gelist with all the other five 
churches co-operating. As a result 
of this meeting some 27 people 
came into the church. And on 
July 2nd, 1918, we organized into 
u working body, but still under the 
care of the Mission Board. Fruiii 
this humble start we have iiojii> on 
from one victory to anothei. 

It was planned from the stint 
that we should build a ilmi li 
building in Fillmore. So at i.ni 
district conference hold at Long 
Beach, it was decided to build, and 
an offering was raised that totaled 
more than $1,20X00. That Avas a 
line start for a building for we had 
paid .$1,700.00 cash for our two lot.s, 
situated almost in the center of the 
town, so on the first of August we 
broke ground for the church which 
is .of the bungalow style of archi- 
tecture with a main auditorium 
seating 250 and a primary room on 
the side of this seating almost another hun- 
dred, the two thrown together by sliding 
doors. There are besides, a study 14.xl4, 
three class rooms and a dres.sing room. In the 
basement there are toilet rooms, an up-to- 
date kitchen and one large room 40x50 that 
can later on be fixed for class rooms. 

For this structure we have spent more than 
$11,500.00, and our fellow townsmen say it is 
a credit to the town. This could not have 
been possible at all aside from the Mission 
Board and the faithful members of the other 
five churches. Many of you know our Broth- 
er N. C. Neilsen of Long Beach, California, a 
man small of stature but towering head and 



shoulders above the average church member 
for his untiring zeal and love for God's 
cause, and for the Brethren church. Brother 
Neilsen has fathered about four or five of 
these churches and helped them to victory in 
Christ's name. And, as I said to the Board 
last Sunday at the dedication service, I have 
been from ocean to ocean and have seen a 
good deal of church work, but I have never 
run across as loyal a bunch of Christian men 
banded together to do Christian work as these 
men, for they not only have prayed and had 
a vision, but have gotten behind this move- 
ment with their money and with their lives. 
On Sunday morning, December 15th we met 
in the first service of the day in charge of 
Elder A. V. Kimrael from the Whittier 
church, who had pioneered this work. With 
some 35 or 40 of his people he motored here 
and was here for Sunday school. They had 
come SO miles. How is that for Sunday morn- 
ing? And they got here in time for Sunday 
school too. We had a large attendance at 
all the services of the day. Elder Kimmel 
preached for us in the morning and after- 
noon, and had charge of the dedication which 
was at ,'?:00 P. M. On December 15th in the 




SYLVESTER LOWMAN 
Pastor of the new Fillmore Church 

morning service when the invitation was giv- 
en a splendid mother and her grown daugh- 
ter came forward for membership, and at the 
evening service a young mjin came forward. 
Then we asked for money and our folks did 
themselves proud. We received over $1,600.00 
in cash and pledges, making a total of over 
$4,500.00 given since May for lots and build- 
ing. We praise his great name, for all good 
things come from God. And it is through 
Jesus Christ we are saved to serve, with our 
money and lives. Any time any of the breth- 
ren come to the coast we expect a visit from 
them. 

S. LOWMAN, Pastor. 



FINANCIAL REPORT 

Receipts for December, 1918 (This includes 
The Thanksgiving offerings of 55 Brethren 
churches which have reported). 

Scott Richael, Polk, Pa., $ 20.00 

Interest on daily balances, .88 

Mrs W. A. Price, Nappanee, Ind., . . . 5.00 

Mark B. Spacht, Williamstown, Ohio, 2.00 

*Allentowu, Pa., 33.00 

*Sidney, Ind., 20.12 

Mrs. B. Musser, Nappanee, Ind., . . . 3.00 

Mrs. Lillie Warren, Silver Lake, Ind., 3.00 

May Paul, South Bend, Ind., 1.00 

*Tiosa, Ind., 15.60 

W. P. R. Shank, Brookville, Ohio, . . 5.00 

First Brethren, Dayton, Ohio, .■ 133.85 

Buena Vista, Va., 2.50 

Beaver City, Nebr 30.00 

North Liberty, Ind., 40.00 

White Dale, W. Va., 30.50 

J. S. C. Spickerman, Maryville, Mo., 4.50 

D. W. Early, Grand View, Wash., .. 5.00 

Aaron Showalter, Adrian, Mo., .... 5.00 

Frieiids, Strathmore, Cal., 15.00 

*H:untington, Ind., 16.20 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harding, Tur- 

lock, Cal., 15.00 

Jacob Thomas, Mt. Etna, Iowa, 5.00 

ilrsJ. R. Kimmel, McLouth, Kans., 5.00 

Sergeantsville, N. J., 13.00 

Mrs John Dintanian, Wooster, Ohio, 5.00 

*"Hanilin, Kans., 25.40 

*Ashland, Ohio, 70.00 

*Telf ord, Tcnn., 25.00 

A. Grisso, Sidney, Ind., 1.00 

*Martinsburg, Pa., 30.02 

Maple Grove, Kans., 6.00 

Maurertown, Va., 50.96 

West Alexandria, Ohio, 9.35 

H. Cook and family, Harrisburg, Ore., 5.00 

Highland, Pa., 10.00 

New Lebanon, Ohio, 14.10 

Carleton, Nebr., 74.19 

Roanoke, Va 22.35 

"Postoria, Ohio 6.50 

Mary .T. Shank, Lock^vood, Mo., . . . 1.00 

Masontown, Pa 25.00 

*Linwood, Md., 26.35 

Gratis, Ohio, 30.00 

Fillmore, Cal., 16.32 

Nampa, Idaho, 3.00 

Arda L. Hedrick, Hallandale, Fla., . . 1.00 

Laura E. N. Hedrick, Hallandale, Fla., 5.00 

Long Beach, Cal., 125.00 

Hamlin Kansas, 5.00 

*Peru, ind., 34.20 

W. O. Ringler, Somerset, Pa., 1.00 

Mrs. B. F. and Gladys Rouch, La Paz., 

Ind., 1.50 

Annie M. Rorabaugh, Conemaugh, Pa., 2.00 

R. K. Steiner, Sterling, Ohio, 5.00 

Cloypool, Ind., 3.65 

*Bryan^ Ohio, 60.00 

Dayton' Va., 13.00 

Dutchtown, Ind., 15.25 

North Manchester, Ind., 73.55 

Denver, Ind., 10.00 

♦Washington, D. C, 75.00 

Pleasant Grove, Iowa, 15.00 

Prosperity, W. Va., 8.00 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio, 5.81 

J. O. Harrison and family Hart- 

ville, Ohio, .' 4.00 

Hagerstown, Md., 62.23 

J, M. Tombaugh, Hagerstown, Md., . . 5.00 



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Bussell Humbert, Flora, Ind., 45.0U 

Pittstown, N. J., 12.10 

♦Campbell, Mich., 63.28 

Orange Minear, Minburn, Alta, Can- 
ada, 200.00 

*Morrill, Kansas, 51.74 

*Canton, Ohio, 45.50 

Nickerson, Kans., 3.00 

Jos. A. Price, Unionville, Iowa, 5.00 

Mrs. H. D. Lampert, Shiloh, N. J., . . 5.00 

Berne, Ind.^ 75.05 

*Berlin, Pa., 63.90 

*Ankeuytown, Ohio, 24.00 

*Premont, Ohio, , 27.82 

Cerro Gordo, 111., 13.25 

*Louisville, Ohio, 59.75 

Susan Bezqna, Eedondo Beach, Cal., . . 5.00 

S. M. Ruby, Philadelphia, Pa., 10.00 

Nappanee, Ind., 25.00 

Interest on daily balance, 1.86 

J. H. Peck, Marvel, Texas, 5.00 

Lavern, Cal., 11.00 

Eoanoke, Ind., 4.80 



Total Eeeeipts from Sept. 1, 1918 $3994.71 

P. S. — Churches marked * are Star churches 
having contributed 30c per member. 

Our Goal is $7500.00 for Home Missions 
this year. Just a little over one-half of this 
amount has been contributed by a list of 
faithful supporters individually and by 55 
Brethren churches. What about the remain- 
ing 125 Brethren churches? Do you not want 
to be counted on the list of Home Mission 
contributors? We realize that this year is 
an extraordinary one, but we must not take 
a backward step. 

Can I not hear from each one of the remain- 
ing churches at once with a splendid offer- 
ing aggregating at least 30 cents per mem- 
ber? AVill not the churches who have not 
reached this goal take an extra offering to 
reach the goal? 

Thanking all who have helped in the past 
and trusting that we can again reach our 
goal this year, I respectfully submit this re- 
port. ORION E. BOWMAN, 

Secretary-Treasurer. 
Dayton, Ohio, January 8th, 1919. 



FOSTOKIA, OHIO 



A summary of events happening at the 
Pirst Brethren church and Sunday school at 
Fostoria, Ohio, since March 17th, 1918: 

March 17th — Observed South Anierican Day 
m the Sunday school. 

April 17tli — A delegation of Sunday school 
workers spent the day at Fremont in attend- 
ance at the Ohio State Conference. 

May 13th — Observed Mothers' Day; 
Brother White addressed us. 

May 26th — Two received into the church. 

August 8th — Organized an S. S. C. E. Sis- 
ter Baringer of Fremont assisted in the or- 
ganization. Literature committee secured 10 
subscriptions for the Woman's Outlook. 

August 11th — Brother White was extended 
the call to preach. 

August 11th — Church voted to send Broth- 
er C. B. Newcomer as delegate to National 
Conference at Winona Lake. 

August IStli — Observed African Mission- 
ary Sunday in the Sunday school. 

September Sth— Church paid $10.00 toward 



the burning of mortgage on the Washington, 
D. C. church. 

September 15th — Church voted to place the 
Brethren Evangelist into all Brethren homes, 
the Y. M. C. A. and the Public Library. 

November 24th — An offering lifted for Na- 
tional Home Missions amounting to $6.50. 

December 29th— 'White Gift Offering lifted 
amounted to $10.00. 

For the past two months or more Brother 
White has been conducting the mid-week 
prayer services. His subjects have been the 
doctrines of the church. These have been 
well treated and all feel profited by them. 

The Sunday school received into this treas- 
ury $106.01 from March 17th to January 1st, 
1919, including 38 Sundays. 

Four Sundays of the year \.ve were closed 
on account of the "flu." 

K. ALGEK HAZEN. 



"THAT'S HIS LIMIT!" 
A strange sort of a subject that! But wait 
a minute and we will tell you where we got 
it. You know we gave up a mighty good job 
out in California, and came east this winter 
to enter into an evangelistic campaign. After 
driving our little Ford (wife and children ac- 
companying us) from Long Beach, Califor- 
nia, where the waves of the Pacific toss and 
romp in all their glory, through to National 
Conference at Winona Lake; and, then on ta 
Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Albany, Ne\v Vork, 
I'hiladeljjhia, Washington, and back to Clay 
City, Indiana, we held just one week of a re- 
vival when a state order closed our meeting 
on account of the "flu." We found a niighty 
line little bunch of Brethren at Clay City, 
ready for business, and wore sorry ■ to have 
to leave them. But the best we could do for 
them was to promise to return and finish the 
meeting for them before our return to Cali- 
fornia this spring. This we Avill do in ilarch, 
if all goes well. 

Well, we passed on to Dayton, -where Ave 
were to hold our next meeting and found 
them just closed up also because of the epi- 
demic raging. And it was raging, — 27 dead 
persons Ij'ing in an undertaking establish- 
ment at one time near the church, — that was 
enough to make any man think things! Our 
thinking then and since has made us believe 
that this whole thing is nothing less than a 
pestilence, — one of the pestilences to which 
our Lord referred in Matthew 24:7. Dur- 
ing firactically five weeks at Dayton we-, 
( wife and I) spent two weeks in bed with the 
"flu," our principal occupation being to 
watch the hearses go bj' the window carrying 
the dead to their last earthly restin;^' )ilaces! 
But the Lord Avas kind to u.s, luul rrslored 
us, through tlio ministration of kind hands 
that we shall never forget, to ijerfect h°;i!th. 
I never felt better, and more like preachiuy 
just a little longer than now. (Poor Lon.^' 
Beach!) And Mrs. Bauman never weighed 
what she now weighs. She refuses to got 
weighed, so I do not know how much that is. 
In Dayton, after the lifting of the ban, we 
were able to hold only two weeks of the re- 
vival that was to have continued four or five 
weeks. Through the insistence of the pastor 
at the next point of service that h6' could 
not possibly hold his meeting in January, and 
that I should keep my engagement there at 



the time set, we passed on from Dayton, leav- 
ing Brother Cobb to finish his own meeting. 
It is said to be mighty poor policy to ' ' swap 
horses in the middle of the stream," but 
when you have an expert ' ' horseman ' ' like 
that Cobb at Dayton, it can be done, and was 
done. For I understand that he lined up 
twenty-five or thirty in the week following 
our farewell. There is a Cobb in the Breth- 
ren ministry. There is another Cobb in pro- 
fessional baseball. From what I have learned 
of these two men, they must be related in 
some way. At least, they both must have 
had the same sort of ginger-bread to eat when 
they were boys. However, we shall miss the 
point we want to make, if we fail to state 
here that while we were in Dayton in revival 
work for those two weeks, there were three 
accessions to the church. Two of these were 
by letter, leaving but one confession. (We 
have not yet gotten down to the ' ' Billy Sun- 
day' 'style of calling all who can be per- 
suaded to step to the front and shake hands 
with our celebrated (?) personage confes- 
sions.) 

Our next point was Goshen, Indiana. Here 
we expected one of the greatest revivals we 
ever held; and, from the standpoint of the 
field and the opportunity of the Brethren 
there, that, expectation was, and is, but rea- 
sonable. Goshen has a mighty tine bunch of 
good folks (and cooks, too, — none bttter in 
all this broad land). From the standpoint of 
their treatment of an evangelist and his wife, 
they were superb. We never expect anything 
better this side the grave. But say, we 
preached three weeks there as hard as we 
over preached in all our life, and there was 
but one confession. Now, we candidly admit 
that we would gladly preach three weeks 
again for that same confession. But why 
were there not many more? Various reasons 
\Aill be offered. In the first place, we 
preached for two weeks almost entirely to 
Christians, simply because we thought they 
needed it! We would not have done it sure- 
ly had we .thought otherwise. Most churches 
do need it in the beginning of a revival. 
Then, after we began turning our attention 
to the unconverted, the pastor informed us 
that in the third week of the meeting, the 
' ' flu ' ' had laid low members of twenty dif- 
ferent families of the church, — an increase 
of from two to twenty families in one week. 
While conditions were as bad or worse in 
the memberships of other churches not hold- 
ing any revival, we could hardly blame the 
revival for this sudden epidemic which had 
not before reached Goshen to such an ex- 
tent, yet it -seemed to be the judgment of 
sonio that the meeting should close. Certain- 
ly, we did not want to take upon ourselves 
the responsibility for its continuance under 
those conditions, and closed when we should 
have begun to see some results. Tet candid- 
ly, we were not optimistic about results had 
we continued. Conditions were abnormal. 
Moreover, with all due respect to the Gosh- 
en folks whom we learned to love, I think it 
but riglit to saj' that what they really need 
there most of all, is a "Peace Conference," 
in which grievances of long standing should 
be buried out of sight. After the "Peace 
Conference," then you could look for one of 
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erhood of ours ever knew. The material is 
there for it. Thus, with one single confes- 
sion, we had our third attempt at a revival 
cut short by the "flu." Yet, in those three 
weeks we should have seen lifty confessions, 
but we didn't 1 

Berne, Indiana, where we were to have 
spent one week, and Camden, Indiana, where 
we were to have held our next revival, both 
were closed at that time by the ' ' flu. ' ' We 
began to think (almost sorely) of a big Bell 
holding down our work at Long Beach, draw- 
ing our salary; and, likewise because of the 
"flu," he did not have to even sound his 
"clapper." But as Alva McClain recently 
wrote us, "Bell always did have a perverted 
sense of humor! " 

Brother Thomas, pastor at MiU'brd, came to 
our rescue, and saved us from enforced idle- 
ness once more by inviting us to Milford, .just 
south of Goshen twelve miles. We found 
Brother Thomas a royal lad with whom to 
work and greatly enjoyed his fellowship. He 
has the courage of a lion, and if his church 
is not lined up for efficient service, it is not 
because he has lacked in courage in telling 
them plainly of the fact. Some evangelist 
once went into a church and told the inhab- 
itants thereof that it was not a revival they 
neded, but a funeral. We were kinder than 
that and used the word ' ' ressurection ' ' in- 
needed, but a funeral. We were kinder than 
there that "the Brethren church is the livest 
church in the town. ' ' Even the pastor of 
another church told us that. But upon in- 
quiry, we found that that was not saying 
extremely much. And unless some power shall 
awake the sleeping Christians of that town 
to a sense of their duty to God and the un- 
saved in that community, the churches might 
as well close up shoiJ. We never saw a place 
to which the words of Revelation 3:14-19 
could more appropriately apply than to the 
spiritual conditions in Milford. I think the 
pastors of the town will approve of what I 
am here saying. We stand ready to take 
oft' our hat to any man of God that can go 
into that town and spiritually quicken it unto 
the salvation of souls. Let us pray for 
Brother Thomas, that God may use him as a 
mighty instrument for spiritual awakening in 
Hilford. He will surely do the best he can. 
God graciously used him at Beaver City, and 
we trust that he may yet be wonderfully 
blessed at Milford. There were two Chris- 
tians who applied for membership in the 
church, and one other who came to the church 
by way of the great confession. 

Now note: one confession at Dayton, one 
confession at Goshen, and, one confession at 
Milford. The total time put in, eight weeks. 
This takes us back to our subject. While at 
Jlilford, a certain person asked Brother 
Thomas how many confessions we had in the 
meeting to that date. Brother Thomas re- 
lilied, "One!" This person then, jokingly or 
seriously, (it matters not which), replied: 
"That's his limit!" Say! there is more 
truth than beauty in that so far as our pres- 
ent experience in evangelistic work is con- 
cerned. But — but — BUT, — the sad part of it 
is, that that was not merely MY "limit;" 
but, at Dayton, it was, for two weeks at least, 
the "limit" of nine hundred members and a 
■ pastor working with me. At Goshen, it was 
the "limit" of six hundred members and a 



pastor Working with me for three long weeks. 
At Milford it was the "limit" of two hun- 
dred members ( ?) — I could not learn exactly 
the number — and a pastor working with me 
for three weeks. Now, there you have it; 
one thousand seven hundred members with 
large Sunday school memberships as well, 
three pastors, and an evangelist worked eight 
weeks and one and one and one were the 
limit of confessions! Of course, there were 
extraordinary conditions, especially at Day- 
ton, where we were only two weeks and 
where another week's effort by the pastor did 
Ijring a revival. But these figures are worthy 
of study. Where were these "extraordinary 
conditions'" Was the "flu" to blame? Was 
the evangelist to blame.' Were the pastors 
to blame I Were the members of the ohurches 
to blame? Is the war atmosphere to blame? 
Or arc all these things to blame? Or. is 
something else to blams? It is an unusual 
cuiidition that confronts us. Ne.xt week we 
shall use our best judgment in giving a can- 
did answer to these questions and, if the med- 
' icine belongs to the evangelist, pray for him 
that he may take it gracefully. We certain- 
ly have been frank in telling the most pain- 
ful experience we have ever experienced 
since we iirst attempted to preach the gospel. 
\Vc understand that the editor is planning 
a series of articles which will deal with evan- 
gelism in its various phases. We therefore 
felt that a full statement of our experience 
might be food for thought as those articles 
are read. 

At this writing, we are in Camden, Ohio, 
trying for at least our ' ' limit. ' ' But, some 
way or other, we have a very hopeful feel- 
ing coming over us in the two days we have 
been here, that we may exceed our ' ' limit. ' ' 
This church is neither large in numbers nor 
strong in financial power. But they seem to 
have the spirit, the determination, the readi- 
ness to do anything in their power and the 
consecration that spells success, even in ex- 
traordinary times. We believe that God will 
bless a people such as he has here, and hope 
to send good news in a couple of weeks. 
Somewhere we have read in the good old 
Book, ' ' Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath 
not God chosen the poor of this world rich 
in faith?" That being true ,money may 
sometimes be a positive hindrance to a church 
possessing it and poverty, a help. But, we 
will finish next week! 

LOUIS S. BAUMAN. 
Camden, Ohio, January 10, 1910. 



MINISTERIAL AND CHURCH 
EXCHANGE 



WANTED— Resident pastor for the High- 
land Brethren church, on or before April 1. 
Interested pastors please write to 

z MRS WILLIAM PIATT, Secretary, 

E. D. 1, Marianna, Pennsylvania. 

We will be open to a call to a pastorate 
immediately at the close of our evangelistic 
season, which will be probably around April 
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Business Manager's Corner 

How It Is Done 

The Business Manager's notes will be es- 
pecially brief this week as he is afflicted just 
cow with what would be considered by many 
as the "flu," and he has just now got off 
the couch to try to write this short message. 

The Evangelist subscription list is growing 
rapidly and churches are winning places on 
the Honor Koll every week. Some people ask 
how to go about it to win such a place. 
Brother I. B. Trout tells how it was done in 
Berlin, Pennsylvania. He says: "First, We 
decided it ought to be done. 2nd. We decided 
to do it. 3rd. We did it." Now doesn't that 
look easy? Why shouldn't any church in the 
brotherhood proceed along similar lines and 
succeed equally as well? Of course at Ber- 
lin they appointed a live committee of three 
to make a complete canvass of the congrega- 
tion to collect two dollars from those who 
would pay that much and then to collect 
whatever they could from others until they 
had enough to send the Evangelist into every 
home in the congregation where there was 
even one member of the Brethren church. 

Three other churches that won places on 
the Honor Eoll since we wrote our notes last 
week are Fillmore, California; Dallas Center, 
Iowa and Whittier, California. It was a com- 
mendable achievement at each place. Fill- 
more is one of the very newest congregations 



in the brotherhood and their pastor, Sylves- 
ter Lowman, decided that a Brethren church 
should feed on Brethren food and placed the 
Evangelist in every homfe in the church. Dal- 
las Center, Iowa, is one of the older and more 
conservative congregations and Brother Porte 
found he had a man's job on his hands when 
he undertook to win a place on the Honor 
Roll for that church, but regardless of the 
size of the job he succeeded. Whittier, Cal- 
ifornia, is still a new congregation. It has 
been but a few yeaTs since A. V. Kimmel open- 
ed the work at this place, but it had been a 
success from the start. It is not a mushroom 
church but has had a steady growth until 
after about five year 's work sixty-three Breth- 
ren families are listed for the Evangelist 
which raised their subscription list ONE 
THOUSAND percent. And yet there are some 
people who think the Business Manager 
crazy when he said two years ago that the 
subscription list of the Evangelist could be 
increased from twenty-five hundred as it then 
was to SIX THOUSAND as it ought to be, 
and, please God, it will be before this cam- 
paign closes. Brother Kimmel did not try 
to force it on the Whittier church but LED 
them into the project gradually until he was 
able to secure a unanimous vote of the church 
to include it in the budget. 

Other churches are still working on the 
project. and still others that won a place on 
the Honor Roll last year are working to re- 
peat the i^erformance. We surely, appreciate 
what has been done and would like to be able 



to find time to write a note of appreciation 
to each one who is helping to do this great 
work. It is a good work, and should be con- 
tinued. 

E. E. TEETEE, 
Busines Manager. 

(Continued from page 10) 
pastor at Milledgevillo, writes a similar let- 
ter and encloses a check of the same amount. 
Thank you, brethren, may others go and do 
likewisp. 

Kaverma 
It is piuhable that a now station will be 
added to our present work in Kentucky. 
Plans are on foot at present to try out the 
now Jit'ld at Kavenna under the direction of 
Miss Elizabeth Haddix.and brother Thomas 
Allen. Brother Drushal considers the field a 
iicoily one and promising of results. 

Nurse Needed 

The teaching force now at Kiverside will 
lie able to handle the work, some local help 
having been secured, but the need of a nurse 
is still pressing. 



In North China, where Dr. Eddy held meet- 
ings there was a subsequent mobilization of 
Chinese Christian activities, some of the re- 
sults were as follows: In Peking 543 men and 
332 women held 524 meetings and reached 
an audience of (31,000. In Manchuria 6,000 
workers took part, and 1,000 villages were 
reached. 



Christ's Challenge to the Church 

"As ye have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all 
men." We can never hope to reach the non-church goc:-. 
until "we have called out a consecrated people, who are will- 
ing to go anywhere or do anything to get men and women 
in touch with Christ and the church. Here is where Uie 
Avork must begin. 

Few women have left as noble a record behind them as 
Florence Nightengale, and when asked what she thought 
was the secret of her beautiful life, she replied, "If L M'cve 
to give you any information concerning my life, it would be 
to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led 
of God to do in his service what he has already done in her. 
I have worked hard and I have never refused God any- 
thing." 

When we talk about arousing the church ahd the com- 
munity through a revival effort, ^ye must remember tluit A\e 
cannot undo in a week or t^^'o what sin and the dcA'il lias 
been carrying on for months, ov even years. It is impossi))le 
to bring about an extraordinary condition or meeting in llie 
ordinary state of mind by using just ordinary methods, ov 
by giving no more than just the ordinary amount of pr.nyer 
or service. If we would undertake to stir up others, \>e 
ourselves must first be stirred. It takes feeling to engender 
feeling, even as it takes fire to kindle fire. 

There is told a beautiful story of a Scotch village, in 
which many years ago all the hearth fires had gone out. It 
was before the days of the match. And the only way people 
then had of rekindling their fires was to find some hearth 
where the fire was still aglow. Tlie search of these villas>'ers 
was fruitless, until at last thej^ found a rtaming heai'th a\.ay 
up on the top of a steep hill. One by one they mado Uuii- 
way up the hill to this hearth and lighted their peat, put it 
carefully in a pan, shielding it from the wind, and soon again 
the fires were burning throughout the entire community. Iv'e- 
member, friends, God has plenty of fire on the hill. Climb 



up into his divine presence through the path of personal 
consecration, and he Avill take the live coal from the a;tar 
and lay it upon your heart and lips, and both cleanse you 
from sin and empower you for service. And do not forget 
that it is not so much a matter of being able to do, as it 
is of being Avilling. After having looked up for the neces- 
sary strength and guidance, if Ave will put forth our best and 
honest efforts to accomplish the task, our efforts Avill not 
have been in vain. God is able for every task, and the Spu-it 
is Avilling and ready to leadus into every good thing. It is 
up to us Avhether or not Ave really Avaut to be and do tor him. 
God says, "Be ye doers of the Wo]'d. " What can Ave do?" 

Pray for cleansing, pray for others, search the scrip- 
tures, Avalk not only in his Avay, but out of your Avay to get 
folks to the service. Do some singing, visiting, shining, re- 
membering all the Avhile that the Avhole joy of the Christian 
religion is not in the knowing, but in the doing of the good 
that lias l^een revealed to us. "If ye knoAV these things, hap- 
py are ye if ye do them." "Blessed are they that do his 
connnandments, that they may have a right to the Tree of 
Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." 

Just this one illustration and I am through. At a cash- 
ier's deslc in a large stoi-e tliere is a notice Avhicli reads, 
"Don't delay for one mniute charging up goods that you 
liave sold. No matter Avho may be calling you, the rule of 
this house is that you enter the charge first. It has the right 
of Avay. In spite of clerks or customers or anyone else, 
charge the goods. Business is business." 

Christ 's charge to you and to me is, ' ' Even as the Father 
hath sent me, so send I you," and no matter Avhat else may 
press itself upon us, if Ave Avould be about our Father's busi- 
ness, \ve must learn to put first things first, Ave must put our- 
selves into a position Avhere Ave can really prove of service, 
and then give his charge to us the precedence in our Uses. 
And if Ave Avill do this, Ave Avill truly be "Workers together 
Avith him," and shall be, Avith him, heirs to heaven's good, 
Avhether for the life that noAv is, or for that which is to 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



The Training School of the Church- — Editor, 2 

Editorial Eeview, 3 

Christian Endeavor and Our Four Vear Program — Dyoll Belote, 4 

The E.xaltation of Service Above Self— Dr. L. L. Garber, 5 

The Challenge — J. A. Mclnturff, 6 

The Holy Spirit as a Factor in Evangelism — L. S. Bauman, 6 

A Greed for the New Tear (Sermon) — B. T. Burnworth, 8 

The Christian and Temptation — 51. A. Witter, 9 

Of Special Interest to Sunday School Workers — A. D. Gnagey, ... 10 



Greetings from Boston 11 

Items from the President — Prof. J. A. Garber, 11 

Workers Together — Edwin Boardman, Jr., 11 

Three Statements of Jesus Concerning Missions — W. E. Deeter, .. 12 

Home Mission Notes — G. C. Carpenter, 12 

Rio Cuarto, Argentina — C. F. Yoder, 12 

News from the Field, 13-15 

In the Shadow, 15 

Business Manager 's Corner, 16 



EDITORIAL 



The Training School of the Church 



Christian Endeavor is the training school of the church. That 
is saying nothing new: the statement has been made so often that 
it has become commonplace. But it is so true that it seems new to 
every situation because the institution is so increasingly practicable. 
For more than a generation it has served Christ and the church by 
training the J'oung people in religious activities and in all manner of 
practical Christian service. It has been so indispensible that no 
church has been willing to do without it in some form or other. It 
has been indispensible because it has always stood for the training of 
young people, for therein lies the hope of every church. 

When Dr. Francis E. Clark, as a young pastor, had received a 
goodly number of young people into his church at Williston, Massa- 
chusetts, he sensed the need of activity and training for them if they 
were to be held for the church. An organization was eifected with 
the idea of training for service uppermost in their minds. The 
young people were held and trained; and so successful did the experi- 
ment prove to be that it was tried out by other churches and soon 
its value became quite generally recognized. 

The little organization so easily adapted itself to churches of 
every creed that it almost immediately became a movement of inter- 
denominational relations, holding great conventions and launching 
campaigns of national significance and inter-church interest requiring 
inter-ehurch co-operation. And by means of a wisely conducted prop- 
aganda it spread rapidly around the world, following the missionary 
extension movement of every denomination into every new field and, 
in some instances, blazing the way for the church But everywhere it 
has given first attention to training and equipping for service those 
whom the church through its evangelistic endeavors has brought new 
and untried into it 's fold. An organization with a history of such 
phenomenal and persistent growth and such wonderful accomplish- 
ments to its credit must be organized along lines that are vital and 
inspired and directed by a spirit that is divin'e. 

It's very name indicates that it's field of endeavor is with young 
people. It has set itself to the task of training those who are of a 
trainable age. In that it is wise. Experience tells us that it is hard 
to teach an old dog new tricks, and if perchance it be done, in the 
same length of time a dozen puppies could be taught the same tricks 
with the prospect of longer life of service and greater efficiency 
acquired. The same laws of fixity and plasticity apply to the old and 
young of the human species. There are and must be organizations 



for the rescue and revitalizing of human wrecks, but such is not 
Christian Endeavor's prime purpose, else she could not lay claim to 
begin a training school. Her great aim is to so direct youthful ener- 
gies, that from the outset of life they may be consecrated to Christ 
and dedicated to and trained for service in the church. It aims to 
so lead and train those who are of a plastic age that they will realize 
an ever increasing growth in quality of life, in holiness of aim and 
in efficenoy of service. And this most worthy aim has been Christian 
Endeavor's appeal and defense. For if young people can be inspired, 
directed and trained so as to spend their lives for Christ and the 
church, there soon would be no need for rescue agencies. 

Christian Endeavor is worthy of being called a training school 
because it gives to its young people not only theory but practice. 
The principle on which it works is ' ' Learn to do by doing. ' ' And this 
principle is fundamental in human advancement and essential in all 
education. Every successful pedagog takes into account the import- 
ance of getting the pupil to act out the theory e.xplained in order to 
a clear understanding of it. A mathematical principle is never thor- 
oughly understood until the pupil follows it in the working out of 
a problem. Young people cannot understand the importance and 
worth of public prayer, nor can they acquire the ability to pray pub- 
licly by listening to lectures on the subject, they must be induced ta 
do some actual praying. They cannot become public speakers even 
in a very small way merely by reading a book on how to speak in 
public, they must actually make attempts at speaking. They must 
try to do the thing they would learn to do. That is the very thing 
Chrisian Endeavor encourages — the doing of things for Christ and 
the church in order to acquire the ability to do them well. And so it 
is a most practical and efficient training school. 

Christian Endeavor not only trains but it trains for the church. 
Loyalty to the church is written in its unchanging slogan. It never 
forgets the church of which it is a part; all its training is done with 
an eye single to tho largest possible service to tho church. The 
practice in leading the Endeavor meetings makes it possible for its 
young people to lead the prayer meeting of the church. Their work 
on the Missionary committee gives thorn knowledge and training for 
the carrying on of the church's larg-er missionar}' activity. The so- 
ciety's presidents are trained to conduct the business of the church, _ 
its secretaries are trained for record-keeping and its treasurers are 
prepared for managing the finances. Christian Endeavor is to the 



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churcli what domestic science schools are to the cook and house- 
keeper, and what agricultural schools are to the farmer. Young peo- 
ple get in Christian Endeavor both the theory and practice (in some 
measure-, at least) of nearly all the varied forms of church organiza- 
tion, government and activity. 

Christian Kndeavor has been a very loyal and worthy child of 
the church, always obedient, active, unselfish, co-operative, ever plan- 
ning, organizing and training not for self, but for Christ and the 
church. Everywhere it is a part of and works in the interest of some 
church. It trains young people for the church. It encourages the 
devotional life in order that young church members may be more gen- 
uinely Christian, teaches tithfng, personal work, temperance and com- 
munity service in order to bring its young charges to the church 
with the deepest consecration, the truest obedience and the greatest 
usefulness possible. And for all this devotion to the church and 
training in it's behalf it asks only a place of continued service in 
training the young church of God, a service which, thus far, no other 
organization has been able to do so well. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Has your church sent its report to your Four Year Program Di- 
rector? 

Brother Hubbard writes a letter this week from Washington, 
D. C, where he is engaged in commercial work. 

He who is unwilling to suffer for principle will some day suffer 
for the want of it. — Earns Horn. 



Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time 
life is made of. — Franklin. 



that is the stuff 



Don't overlook President Furry 's announcement on page 16 con- 
cerning the opening of the second semester at Ashland College. That 
is where Brethren young people should be. 

The editor noticed last week after the paper had gone to press 
that some items of personal mention had been left out in the 
"assembling." They ai"e included this week. 

The series of articles being run on "Evangelism" will not appear 
in the order in which they were planned, because the "flu" has in- 
terfred with the prompt arrival of some, yet they will all be in in due 
time and we hope will prove of great value to the brotherhood. 

Brother W. E. Deoter's "College Notes" show that -the young 
preachers as well as the professors at Ashland College are keeping 
in touch with the practical side of the ministry as they are studying 
the theory. They are contributing a real service to the church as they 
make their way through school. 

We have spoken editorially about Christian Endeavor, but would 
urge that you do not fail to read the "Greetings from Boston" as 
well as everything else on that page. Eead also Brother Belote's ar- 
ticle on the "Four Year Program Page." Christian Endeavor is 
worthy of this prominence at least once in a year. 

Brother DeLozier is using his rare command of languages to good 
effect in the AUentown high schools. And we dare say that from this 
community service will come, as has already been noticed, and in 
more ways than one, fruitage that will be abiding. The pastor's 
opportunities for service are not limited to the pulpit and the homes 
of his parish. 

You will notice the change in arrangement of certain departments 
this week. "Our Devotional" is given all of page 9, "The Sunday 
•Sehool"is given. page 12- and "Missions'' is- put on page 13. The 
-putting of the nrission- page next to the "News from the Field" does 
not detract from it's value, but rather enhances it. For these letters 
from the churches are more widely read than any other part of the 



paper. And much of the material on the mission page will be closely 
akin to the news department. This week "Missions" bristles with 
good things. However, there are and will be good news in all the 
departments and every page will be kept valuable, so don't fail to 
read any part. Wc ask especially that our readers will make the 
' ' Devotional ' ' of real personal value. 

The Warsav,-, Indiana, Sunday school is the first to follow the 
example of Louisville in offering to pay for a "cut" for front page. 
Brother Albert Eonk their pastor, writes that they like the idea and 
that a chock for a sufficient amount will be sent in a few days. 
Thanks to dear old Warsaw, our old "home sweet homo." Who will 
bo the ne-xt? 

Keep on sending in your church news. Everybody Avants to 
know what your churcn is doing. And please, send your reports in 
time to reach the editor not later than Friday noon, if you wish them 
in the following week's issue. Address all niatter for pubiieation 
to Editor, The Brethren Evangelist, Ashland, Ohio. Business mat- 
ters should be sent to the Business Manager, Brethren Publishing 
Company. 

Prof. J. A. Garber was with Brother Kolb and his Nappanee 
Brethren on Sunday, January 26. The occasion was the graduation 
of a class in E.xpert Endeavor. We shall expect a report soon. Dur- 
ing Brother Garber 's absence from the Ashland church of which he 
is pastor. Dr. Miller preached one of his characteristically inspiring 
and instructive sermons. 

Brother Ashman gives a good report from Sunnyside this week. 
He and his loyal people certainly improved their time while the ban 
was on. It's no small thing to pay off half a church debt amount- 
ing to $3,000, when you can't even have a meeting. And they are 
planning .some aggressive work on the Four Year Prograin as soon 
as Mr. Flu leaves the community. 

It's just as popular as "flu," this getting on the Evangelist 
Honor Roll, and it will have just the opposite effect on your church 
work. So don't try to avoid it. Three more churches report they 
have "got it" for the second time. See the Business Manager's 
Corner. Brother Teeter is tickled over the in-rush of subscriptions, 
and why shouldn't h be? We are too. It makes the paper more 
valuable. 

Brother Shively has reason to be gratified over the splendid 
financial record of the Masontown church and Sunday school, for it 
indicates in a large measure the depth of consecration. That "Loyal 
Men 's Bible Class ' ' is certainly true to its name. It must have made 
Brother and Sister Shively feel good to have such a prominent part 
on the Christmas program. We can sympathize with you. Brother 
Shively. 

A letter to the Brethren Publishing Company in December has 
been brought to our attention. It states, aside from the request of a 
change in address for his paper that Brother M. V. Garrison of South 
Bend, Indiana, has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Campbell 
church of Michigan and that his address will be Lake Odessa, Michi- 
gan. That part of his letter intended for pubiieation will find a 
place in our next issue. 

This week we have an encouraging letter from Brother Paul Mil- 
ler of Spokane. It is encouraging because he states that the "flu" 
has not permanently hurt the church. They are soon to be in an 
evangelistic campaign with Brother Ashman as preacher. Those 
whose hearts have been touched by the heavenly Father to help 
in the building of a church at this place should send their money 
now. 

In the city of Chicago, for 1914, there were 3,614 divorces to 33,897 
marriages; for 1915, 4,116 divorces to 31,509 marriages. Sixty-four 
percent were childless. Over 20 percent secured divorces during the 
first year. Only 3 percent were home dwellers. The "cases for 1914- 
1915 affected 4,337 minor children, of whom 1,999 were girls and 2338 
boys. By far the greater number of those divorced were introduced 
at dances rather than at home or at church. 



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FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM PAGE 

:VO>V 'X'HEIX DO I'^r.^II SSSamnel 3:18 

Conducted by Charles A. Bame 



Christian Endeavor and Our Four-Year Program 

By Dyoll Belote 



At om- last General Conference the writer was sur- 
prised to OA-erhear a discussion among some of the yoimger 
ministry of the church as to the feasilnlity of the Efficiency 
plans laid down by the United Society of Christian Endea- 
vor. Now it appeals to me that these brethren are either 
ignorant concerning these plans of the United Society, or 
else they ha-s'e never ti'ied them out to see what I'esults their 
inauguration Mill bring. It is in the hope that some may be 
stirred to an effort to reach a larger numbeii of these goals 
— and which are a part of our "Four Year Pi-ograinme" 
goals — that this discussion is written. 

May 1 take our Programme, item by item. First, ^ve 
have the endeavor set before us to attempt to deepen and 
strengthen the spiritual life of the membership of our beloved 
fratei'uity. How shall we do it! Of course we will have no 
difference of opinion, at least not on some things that must 
be done. There are tAvo universally accepted requirements 
for the deepening and quickening of spiritual life — abso- 
lutely necessary to the maintenance of healthy spiritual ex- 
istance. These are Bi])le study and prayer. If ours is any- 
thing like a common experience in the ministry, then Vfe cer- 
tainly need to find some way to get people to give time 
somewhere to the study of the Bible and to prayer. For it 
is a sure thing that they do not attend the mid-week prayer 
meetings (too tired to come, or it is a long way from their 
liome to the meeting place, or else they are indisposed and 
cannot come). Now all these arrangements can be largely 
ovei'come by securing the pledge of these parties to become 
Comrades of the Quiet Hour in the Christian Endeavor so- 
ciety. vVnd the purpose of this movement is to secure the 
promise — and its keeping — by the members to spend at least 
fifteen minutes each day in Bible study and meditation and 
prayer. And we kno^w how the family altar has disappeared 
from many homes, then why not urge the private observance 
of this devotional period ? 

Again, for an intelligent and zealous heralding of our 
"distinctive plea, principles and practices" we must have 
a constituencj^ which is acquainted ^vith. the Word. ^Vgaiu 
the Christian Endeavor prayer meetings offer an opportu- 
nity for systematic Bible study at th« Sunday evening meet- 
ings and in the home preparation for participation in these 
meetings. And the Bi-ethren chui'ch courts the commit- 
ment of its membership to honest, consistent Bible studj^, 
for we claim that an unlaiased study of God's Word will 
make Brethren. And the very pledge of the Christian En- 
deavor society calls for denominational loyalty. 

We have been frequently ivarned of the constant de- 
pletion of the ministry of the church, with its certain ulti- 
mate results unless arrangements are made to recruit men to 
take the places made vacant in the ranks by death and other 
causes. And again the Christian Endeavor movement comes 
forAvard to assist the church to overcome this almost uni- 
versally preA'alent state of affairs by the workings of the 
Life Work Recruit department of the society. Our pro- 
gramme calls for the gaining of 75 new workers for the 
ministry and distinctly Christian work until 1920. Where 
are these resruits coming from if not from and through the 
work of the Christian Endeavor society? At least this de- 
partment of the society's activities may be made an effec- 



tive assistant to any other plans formulated for reci'uiting 
the ministry. 

Lack of .space forbids me to enter at any great length 
into a discussion of all the ways in which the Christian En- 
deaA'or movement with its efficiency plans Avill prove a real 
factor in the attaining of the goals of OUR Four Year Pro- 
gramme. But of the fact I, at least, am certain; though 
I have not been able to accomplish as large results in every 
congregation as I am convinced is possible where every mem- 
ber of the society enters heartily, into the Avorking of the 
larger plans of the movement. 

It may be that some A\-ill think or argue that the Chris- 
tian Endeavor movement is too methodical or mechanical, 
tnat it sets too many objectives with limit, instead of just 
"expecting great things from the Lord." May it not be 
that ^re have been too long aiming at nothing — and hitting 
it too frequently. Personally I have felt that the objectives 
of the Christian Endeavor society have always been reason- 
able, Biblical and yet flexible enough to admit of expansion 
as the ardour and activity of the Endeavorers have made 
expansion necessary. 

I therefo]-e stand as one to sponsor the "Efficiency 
plans" — or any other plans — that the United Society may 
propose. I may not ahvays be able to attain the objectives 
it sets in the work of my own congregational unit, but I 
still belicA'c that "Not failure, but low aim is crime.". I 
cannot compel my hearers to accept all that I may preach 
to lliein, but tliat does not excuse me from holding out the 
highest ideals possible for their emulation. And so I shall 
continue to attempt to accomplish some good, as much as 
possible "Foi' Clu'ist and the Churcli" by joining in most 
heartily in the -working out of every plan which offers any 
opportunity to furtlier and hasten the accomplishment of the 
great purpose of God in sending Jesus Christ into the world, 
viz., to fit men here and now for largest service in the king- 
dom in its earthly manifestation in the hearts and lives of 
men, and for fullest enjoyment of the kingdom in its final 
consuination in the presence of God. 



TO THE MARYLAND-VIRGINIA WORKERS 

A repoi-t from evei'v elmreh. in time to be properly reg- 
istered is our hope and prayer. Fill out the first card in 
your Hand Book at once, and that report in itself is one big 
credit mark for yo\ir A\ork. Please do not fail to report be- 
cause your work has been hindered by the "flu" for we are 
all in the same boat. Let us thank God that it is no worse, 
and move forwai'd in his Avork. Let the cards roll in noAv. 
L. G. WOOD, District Director, 

1118 Gilmer Ave., N. W., 

Roanoke, Virginia. 



Four Million starving refugees in Western Asia are 
calling to us for their very existence. Most of them are dec- 
imated, exiled, homeless AvidoAvs and orphans, Avho are dy- 
ing at the rate of 50,000 a month. These sorely stricken 
folks have been the victims of what Henry Morgenthau, 
former V. S. Ambassador to Turkey, describes as the "sin- 
gle greatest horror ever perpetrated in the history of hu- 
manity." AVill the Brethren church do her share of this 
stupendous task of binding up the Avounds of those who 
have fallen among thieves? 



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GENER AL AR TICLES 

THE EXALTATION OF SERVICE ABOVE SELF 
By Prof. L. L. Garber, Litt. D. 



"It is a disgrace to die rich," was the favorite state- 
ment of a much monied millionaii'e. In his living, this man 
carried out in large degree the sentiment of his saying, and 
he is consequently known far and wide for his constructive 
charity and princely benefactions. Multitudes are happier, 
wiser, better, because of his attitude toward others. Mu- 
seiuns, hospitals, art galleries, jjulilic libi-ai-ics, simplified 
spelling, constructi\'e movemeiits in public education, tlie 
Hague Peace Palace, and the present momentous movement 
to organize the ^\■orld into a League of Nations so that tire 
war god may be detlironed, the Janus gates forever closed, 
the crowning step in political organization be achieved, and 
the vast energies of lunnanity turned from waste and de- 
struction into co-operative peaceful accomjilishments. — all 
bear eloquent testimony to efforts of this man to serve others 
rather than to gratifj' merely his own personal, social and 
sensuous appetites. 

Akin to this man in spirit is another also of our own 
time, of quite different type. This man gives not great 
wealth but his unique genius and untiring efforts in earnest 
and useful service. He too feels that his life opportunities 
and what he has should not be wasted or squandered upon 
himself. No "pink teas," fashionable follies, "innocent 
pastimes," or custom-made inanities consume his energies 
and waste his hours. He works when he can, sleeps Avhen 
he must, eats to live, recreates ^vhen recreation promotes 
strength and efficiency. For the varied and multifarious 
contributions of this serving genius to human comfort, wel- 
fare, and progress, we arc indebted in more ways and in 
greater measure than can be detailed and specified in manj^ 
pages. 

Suggestive and typical examples of the passion for ser- 
vice are these two men : the one of the constructive conse- 
cration of wealth to service, the other of a like consecration 
of time, talent, and opportimity. The wealthy, indeed, ai'e 
awaking to a new sense of their social responsibility and 
opportunity. They realize more definitely that they are not 
so much owners as stewards. They feel more keenly that of 
the abundance they possess much came as a happy accident, 
as a fortuitous gift, or pei'haps as the partial result of the 
working of imperfect social arrangements. They appreciate 
more than ever the fact that the whole social organization, 
that every special organization promoting human better- 
ment — as the church and Sunday School, that the high mor- 
als, the clean thinking, the industry and effort of e-\ery 
individual who in any way contril^uted to the happiness, 
comfort, or welfare of our common humanity, each and all 
have been partners and co-workers in creating -what any or 
all of us are privileged to call our own ancl use as such. 
Hence these wealthy are less haughty, less wasteful, less 
selfish, less self-centered, but more considerate, more 
thoughtful, more ambitious and energetic and patient in 
their efforts to consecrate themselves and theirs to a service 
that rises above self. 

The conditions created by the late war strongly accen- 
tuated and increased the desire for service. Old customs 
Avere abandoned, traditions shattered, habits changed, so 
that the innate longings of men and women had an oppor- 
tunity to assert themselves. Many who heretofore had felt 
it their duty to do nothing or found nothing to do have felt 
for the first time the joy of activity and the satisfaction of 
creative effort. Out of this they have acquired the invalu- 
able habit of industry so that from this time forward the 
customary social futilities, the card table, the frivolous talk, 
and the petty round of nothings will seem empty as they are. 
Anew have their days been consecrated to service in great 



Caught up in this same passion for service have been 
not only the calloused and indifferent, but also the great 
mass of men and women every\vhere. Who can calculate the 
nundicr of their gifts or measure the magnitude of their 
sacrificial sei-vice ! Men and women of all ranks, villages, 
townships, counties, and organizations, have contributed a 
great ideal with a generosity and magjianimity in compar- 
ison \\ith A\hich all former gi\'ing seems trifling and small. 
More beautiful and more significant still is the similar gift 
by these persons of themseh'es to great causes. These num- 
ber iii their shining ranks men and Avomen of all I'aces, 
creeds, and conditions. Theii' example and service is beyond 
|)raise and make us glad and proud to belong to a brother- 
hood of humanily \\'lnch may be ;i1tached to such glorious 
issues and stimulated to such magnanimous expressions of 
Ininian endeavor and sei'vice. 

"All, there is something here, 
Unfathomed by the cynic's sneer. 
Something that gives our feeble light 
A high immunity from night. 
Something that leaps life's narrow bars 
To claim a birthright with the hosts of heaven; 

\ seed of sunshine that can leaven 

()\\v earthly duliiess with the beam of stars. 
And glorify our clay 
Willi light from fountains elder than tlic Day; 
.\ vexing, forward-reaching sense 
Of some more nolile permanence; 

A light across the sea. 
Which haunts the soul and will not let it be. 
Still beaconing from the heights of undegenei'atc ycai's. " 

A new age of service has dawned upon -the world. Na- 
tionally as well as individually the tendency to exalt ser- 
vice above self is manifest. We are hearing strange glad 
notes these days; notes that ring with a lofty idealism; 
strong notes from world leaders such as "Woodrow Wilson, 
Lloyd George. Premier Clemenceau. To the old selfish stand- 
]iat politician the idea that the power and resources of a na- 
tion might be used for any purpose otiiei' than selfish and 
private ones or be employed to right or avenge other than 
some personal concrete injury -was unthinkable. To such as 
he the world is really a crowd of aggressive grasping indi- 
viduals, each trying to get as much as possible for himself, 
and hence it is unwise and dangerous to act from any other 
principle. But a nobler and truer ideal is in the ascendency. 
Appeals to the old selfishness and isolation fall upon deaf 
ears. The gospel of Love is becoming universalized. As 
nations we are coming to feel that we must feed the hungry, 
clothe the naked, succor the distressed, help the unfortunate, 
see that ti'uth. justice, and honesty be made national prin- 
ciples, and demand that peace and good will prevail be- 
tween nations. This will mean the exaltation of service 
above self, or at least the exaltation of self through service, 
and to this high plane we are rising, confident that as 
"man is incurably religious," so he is also incurably ideal- 
istic. 

? ? LET T'S ASK OURSELVES ? ? 

Does the good and the ideal need to be sugar-coated with 
free lunches, entei-tainraents, and vaudeville in order to ap- 
peal to men? 

Have we made the church and religion too cheap? 

Have our concessions to physical gratifications and so- 
cial standards destroyed the power of our gospel ? 

How can the church adjust its demand so as to call out 
the ideal passion for service and arouse and utilize the he- 
roic in men and women? 



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' The Challenge By j. a. Mcinturff 



These are days of extreme trials, thrones are falling, 
kings exiled, govei-nments crumbling and the social order 
shadowed by Bolshevism. Never before has the world been 
in such a "time of trouble." This is the day of testing. 
Old things are passing and what shall remain! Shall the 
church reuiain? Yes, l)ut it must change. The Protestant 
church has ceased to protest and has joined hands with the 
very "beast" it once sav'ed men from. It has lost discipline 
and is corrupted because any one who will "pay" can be 
a member. Character is no test of continued membership. 
The church has lost its standing because the world is in the 
church. She is weak because her "samples" are no better 
than the -world offers at a lower price. She has lost her 
Bible in that she fails to teach its contents and is luiable to 
present a consistent claim to the Book as authority. How 
many churches can open the Biljle and square their practice 
by the Word ? Ho^v does the modei-n life of a church mem- 
ber compare with the life and teaching of the "example?" 
These are vital questions because they pi'esent the world 
vieiv of the church. If the chui'ch is to remain she must 
change, in teaching, practice and character. The challenge 
of the church today is not to do but to be. We have long 
tried to do that -which we Avere not, let us change and be 
what we ought and then do. 

Now the question is, has the church the power to throw 
qS the corruption and the moral degeneracy with the break- 
ing of the chains which have been dra-wn to a painful grip 
in the last few years' 'Can she re-establish her charities 
which are now in the hands of societies. Will she awake 
and save herself from the destructive critic or the legal and 



political Rome 1 If the church awakes the questions of adap- 
tion and community interest with church attendance vn\l 
solve themselves. The church must change. Men %\-ill work 
with something alive Init they reluctantly handle the dead. 
The needed change must come in a new and higher 
spirituality. There must be a new presentation of the Bible 
by oui' new life. A new seriousness must possess us, with a 
deeper interest. Real faith will stand, and the church which 
will square with the Book need not fear. We must pro- 
test and condemn the claims of sin, and especially the black 
sin whieli comes as a "religion" which woidd rob us of our 
faith and liberty -with our Bilile. 

From all over our land -we hear the cry of church in- 
diiference. Leading church papers plead for the young peo- 
ple to "return." Finances are wreclsied, missions lagging. 
Fear is on every page of the papers coming to my desk. What 
is wrong? Nothing, this is just what we are. Parents are 
indifferent and sinful; church memliers live in sin; not a 
few never pray; they have a kind of belief (?) in Christ but 
no atonement, believe in a kind of ethical heaven but no 
hell and IIa'c a kind of Judas-life — that is the condition. The 
church must get on her knees. I would not be surprised if 
we ]uust go even deeper before the change which will not 
only make the church more spiritual, but will purify and 
cleanse it so that it v/ill go forward triumphantlJ^ The fu- 
ture church -will be clean and ptire. This is the day when 
we are being tried and the pure of heart will stand. In tlie 
coming years the church will come to her own, and Avill 
serve men. "I am with you to the end." 



The Holy Spirit as a Factor in Evangelism 

By Louis S. Bauman 



"That's his limit" has lieen the sneer that has caused 
more than one faithful pastor or evangelist to feel as though 
he had missed his cal'ing at the clo:-e of his pastorate, or 
evangelistic effort, on which he has spent his best heart's 
blood almost in Aain. But no-i\-, let us go deeper into the fail- 
i-ires in our present day evangelism. 

First, let us conside)- for a moment some of the excuses 
that are often offered for smallness of i-esults. We fre- 
quently hear it given as an excuse that the commuiiity in 
which the revival was held -was not sympathetic. However, 
the greatest I'evival this world e-^'cr saw was on the day of 
Pentecost, when the pi'eaching of a single day "added unto 
them (the church) about three thousand souls" (Acts 2:41). 
And we will have to confess that the very city where stiff'- 
necked Jewish mobs surged to and fro,- crying, "Away with 
him! AM-ay with him!" but fifty days before, and where he 
trod the winepress alone," was hardly to be considered as 
a .sympathetic community. The gospel is noted as having 
made its mo.st tremendoi-is strides in cominunities antagon- 
istic, rather than in these sympathetic. 

Sometimes, failure is laid at the feet of "an unpopular 
preacher." But on the day of Pentecost, they had a revival, 
and Ave dare say that the mos.t unpopular one of the twelve 
vras the principal spokesman of that day. The popular young 
man v-ould more likely have been John, whose influence 
with the Jews was greater than that of any other; while, 
Peter — weW ! had they so soon forgotten his base denial 
of seven weeks before? 

Sometimes, lack of organization is blamed for failure. 
But let us remember the terrible disorganization that fol- 
lowed in that little band of disciples after the crucifixion of 
their Leader. There was nothing that we would call organ- 
ization on the day of Pentecost save the informal organiza- 
tion of a prayer meeting ; yet, they had a mighty revival ! 

Man is born to excuse-making "as the sparks fly up- 
ward." And the more the blame lies with himself, the 
greater bis inclination to make excuses for his failures. The 



"flu" comes in handy the..'ve days. It assists us to get rid 
of some of the old time-woi-n excuses. But when all is said 
and done, there is just one great outstanding reason for 
practically all faihire in evangelistic woi'k so long as the God 
of Pentecost is still alive. (We would not go so far as to 
say that there is but the one cause for failure; for, we read 
that "Jesus himself did not many mighty works there be- 
cause of their inibelief"). That one great outstanding 
i-eason is the failure of the church (by which word we mean 
laity, pastor, evangelist, deacons, and all the rest of the 
'oi'ganization) to become a channel through which God can 
poTir forth the power of the Holy Ghost. 

An Amei'ican clergyman once invited a fi'iend, avIio was 
an Engli.sh clergyman, to accon-qiany him on a trip to see 
the great Niagara Falls. Standing at the foot of those Falls, 
the American clergyman pointed to the vast fall of water, 
saying, ' ' There is the greatest unused power in the world ! ' ' 

The Englishman answered: "Ah! my brother! Not so! 
The greatest imused power in the world is the unused power 
of the Holy Ghost!" And he was right. 

"And, behold," said Jesus, "I send the promise of my 
Father uiion you : but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, 
ruitil ye be endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:29). 
"Ye shall receive power, after that the Ploly Ghost is come 
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me" (Acts 1:8). 
And on the day of Pentecost, that promise was fulfilled, 
and the "power" fell. We all know the result. And we 
must be persuaded that the great lack of the professional 
church today is to put herself in the place where she can 
again become the recipient of that same old-time power. We 
have manufactured a lot of modern machinery and tried to 
substitute it for that "power." but in vain. Surely, God 
is able to infill with power today as then, whenever he can 
find a vessel meet for the filling. 

The Holy Spirit is the mightiest of all factors in evan- 
gelism, because his presence in the church means personal 
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of the church, without which there can be no great revival. 
Said a Brahmin to a Christian missionary, "I have found 
you out. You are not as good as your Book. If you Christ- 
ians M'ere as good as your Book, you would in five years 
conquer India for Christ!" "Physician, heal THYSELF!" 
It is useless for the church to ask others to yield to the Spir- 
it imtil she her.self does so. Even David, under the law, 
uiiderstood the real secret in the life of a successful soul- 
winner: Cast me not a^vay from thy presence; and take 
not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of 
thy salvation. THEN will I teach transgressors thy ways; 
and sinners shall be converted unto thee" (Ps. 51:-11-13). 

The pre.sence of the Holy Spirit in evangelistic effort 
means united effort, without which no real victory is possi- 
ble. They had a revival on the day of Pentecost; but, "they 
were all with one accord in one place" (Acts 2:1). "Behold, 
how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell to- 
gether in unity, * * * for there the Lord commanded the 
blessing" (Ps. 133:1, 3). There must be peace in God's 
house before its message of peace cnn lie effective before the 
world of unbelievei's. 

The presence of the Holj- Spirit in the congregation 
means unwavering faith in the power of God; and, likewise 
a lack of self-confidence which gets the eye of Chri.st. 
"Without me, ye can do nothing." When the Holy Spirit 
is ignored, the tendency is to exalt the evangelist or the pas- 
tor, or the church itself, instead of Jesus Christ, and God. is 
mightily grieved. Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, that when 
he should come, "He .shall glorify me" (John 16:13). We 
have seen Avhole cities talking about, and glorifying an evan- 
gelist, while the name of Christ was hardly mentioned by 
the glorifying multitude ! No wonder modern evangelism 
has ' ' a black eye ! ' ' 

The presence of the Holy Spirit brings forth a real pas- 
sion for the unsaved, which is so essential to evangelism. A 
man of Ethiopia was sitting in his chariot reading Isaiah the 
prophet, but utterly -without an understanding of the mes- 
sage of the prophet. "Then the Spirit said unto Philip. 
Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip RAN 
thither to him" (Acts 8:29, 30) — most certainly he did! 
When the Spiirt has his place, there is no loafing on a job 
like that! "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not," cried the 
greatest evangelist and soul-winner of all time, "my con- 
science also bearing me Avitness in the Holy Gliost, that I 
have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart; 
for, I could Avish that myself were accursed from Christ for 
my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh" .(Rom. 9: 
1-3) ! Wlren a spirit like that, — a passion like that, — dwells 
in a congregation of believers, a revdval is incAdtable. But 
that spirit has never been knoAvn except where the Holy 
Spirit is recognized and honored. 

The presence of the Holy Spii'it means a revival built 
upon a true knoAvledge of the plan of salvation, — the 
preaching of "the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of 
God unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16). The true revival is 
founded upon the preaching of the gi'eat fundamental truths 
of the gospel, and not merely the excitement of Avarnings 
and exhortations, as necessary as the latter may be. The 
true reA'ival must establish men in the faith, and not bring 
forth merely to spring up foi' a season and then fall aAvay. 
NoAv, the Holy Spirit doesn't Avaste much time on philoso- 
phy, sociology, science, art, etc. Listen! "HoAvbeit AA-hen 
he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all 
truth: for he shall not speak of himself. * * He shall re- 
ceive of mine, and shall shcAV it unto you" (John 16 :13, 14). 
Yes, "The Comforter, Avhich is the Holy Ghost, * * ' shall 
teach you all things, and bring all things to your remem- 
brance, WHATSOEVER I HAVE SAID UNTO YOU" (John 
14:26). Study carefully the matchless sermon of Pentecost. 
that brought forth that greatest of rcA-ivals, and yoi; AAall find 
that it was because Peter stood squarely upon "the impreg- 
nable rock of the Holy Scriptures" that conviction sAvept 
over that multitude and brought it in penitence to its knees. 



The Holy Spirit is a mighty factor in all successful 
evangelism because Avhere he is j^ou Avill ever find a spirit 
of enthusiasm. Cold storage plants Avith steeples on top 
turn SAviftly into hot houses Avith ten thousand AvindoAvs open 
toward heaven's Avarm and healing rays, when the Spirit 
of God is present. On Pentecost, it Avaxed so Avarm that the 
frigid unbeliever mockingly said: "These men are full of 
new Avine!" They spake truer than they kncAv. It certain- 
ly Avas not the old "Avine" that did the Avork on Pentecost. 
HoAv many times I have been in a church that only changed 
its frozen face long enough to froAvn Avhen some old-fash- 
ioned saint Avandered in long enough to shout, "Amen!" — 
yes, hoA'.' many times have I been in such a church and Avished 
that they might somehoAV get "full of ncAV Avine!" "Where 
the Spiiit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 

The Holy Spirit instantly calls for the spirit of prayer, 
\vhenever his presence is felt. We can never forget the 
story of the child Avith the dumb spirit, foaming and gna.sh- 
ing Avith his teeth, described by the sacred Avriters, just after 
relating the story of Christ's transfiguration. The disciples 
utterly failed to cast forth the dumb and tormenting spirit, 
when just a Avord from the Master healed him perfectly. 
"Why could not Ave cast him out?" they asked. The Master 
replied. "This kind can come forth by nothing, but by 
prayer and fasting" (Mark 9:29). And does not this hint 
to us the story of our oftentimes defeat'? But the presence 
of the Spirit of God means prayer; as it is Avritten, "The 
Spirit himself maketh intercession for us Avith groanings 
that cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts 
knoAveth Avhat is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh 
intercession for the saints according to the AAill of God" 
(Rom. 8:26, 27). 

The presence of the Holy Spirit assures the spirit of 
testimony. "But ye shall receive poAA-er, after that the 
Holy Ghost is come upon j'ou: and ye .shall be Avitnesses 
unto me" (Acts 1 :8). The spirit of testimony is a factor of 
tremendous poAver in evangelic- ni. ".\nd they Avere all filled 
Avith the Holy Ghost and began to speak;" "and they Avere 
all filled Avith the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of 
God with boldness:" "on the Gentiles also Avas poured out 
tlie gift of the Holy Ghost, for they heard them speak Avith 
tongues, and magnify God." Thus and thus and thus do 
we constantly read in the Acts that the presence of the Holy 
Spirit unloosed the tongues of the disciples, and started 
them forth testifying for God. "And they OA'ercame him 
(Satan) by the blood of the Lamb a]id the Avord of their 
testimony" (Rev. 12:11). 

The presence of tlie Holy Spirit means surrender to 
■ tlie Avill and Avork of God, AA-h ether it means constancy in 
attendance upon the services of the church, or the going 
forth to do personal AA-ork, or the engaging in definite and 
prcA'ailing prayer all the night long. "The Holy Ghost, 
Avhom God hath given to them that obey him" (Acts 5:32). 
Surrender to the Avill and Avork of God means e.A^angelism 
and reAiA^al in any church Avhere it may be found. 

We noAV hear some one say, "Ah! It is doubtless true 
tliat it is the lack of real expeiimental felloAvship Avith the 
Holy Ghost that accoiints for the small 'limit' of so many of 
our rcA-ivals. But, it is a ,sul)ject so full of mysticism that 
Ave shiu^ it !" My brethren, Ave grant you that there is much 
of mystery about it. Nevertheless, Ave knoAv that something 
happened on the day of Pentecost, and that something that 
happened then can happen again. 0, that something that 
happened then, Ave want to happen again! We do not un- 
crerstand the mysterious power of electricity, either ; bixt, Ave 
harness it and Ave use it. We do not understand the mys- 
terious poAver that enables the hand to obey the brain, but 
Ave make the hand obey the brain, — Ave use the poAver Ave 
understand not. So Ave can harness and use the Holy Spirit, 
the mighty poAver of God, though the great mystery of that 
indAvelling poAver Ave may not fully ^^nderstand. God lias 
very definitely set forth in his Avord the means AAdiereby Ave 
may become the channels for the old-time poAver of the Holy 

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A Creed For The New Year. By b. t. Bumworth 



TEXT; I believe, help thou 

The familiar narrative found in Mark 9:14-29, describ- 
ing an agonizing father bringing his epileptic boy first to the 
disciples and then to the JMaster for healing, has an important 
lesson for us just now while the ne^v year is yet young. The 
particular truth that I am concerned about here is that set 
forth in the twenty-fourth verse, teaching the importance of 
belief. Without faith it is impossible to accomplish any- 
thing of importance. Never was a treatment more justified 
in its operation than that administered by the Master to this 
too importiuiate clamorer for bodily healing, which resulted 
in turning liis attention from physical distress to a se^nse of 
need and a contrite jDrayer for the grace of faith. Let us 
take a spiritual invoice thus early in the new year and see 
what we really believe as a working creed for 1919. 

1. I Believe in My Job. 

Of course a man always has a job and a woman has a 
position A\-hatever be the nature of that work. But nothing 
takes the sparkle out of the eye, the elasticity out of the step, 
the vigor out of life, like the feeling that we have a poor 
little insignificant task. I believe God has a job for every 
man, and one that is big ; he has no small ones in his reper- 
toire. It is our business to find that job and do it. I recall 
how in my first pastorate of ]:)eing told of a wonderful jani- 
tor they once had at the church, a kind of janitor now almost 
extinct, who took pride in keeping the house of God. The 
Psalmist \\ as right when he exalted that job Ijy saying "I 
Avould rather be a doorkeeper in the hou.se of my God than 
to dwell in the tents of wickedness for a season. The sexton 
sliould be the best man in the community, for a good sexton 
is -worth more than a poor deacon. Very few janitors have 
ever been as big as this so-called ".small job." 

My job may seem to be luiimportant but the important 
thing about it is that it is my job. If I were an iisher I 
Avould study the art of ushering. I would endeavor to seat 
the aged as comfortably as possible, with a view to their 
proper distance from the register or radiator, and also from 
the pulpit if they did not hear well. And I would use dis- 
cretion in seating young people who have not developed the 
faculty of self-control and by tact I would try to see that 
their behavior Avas proper. Yes, I would believe in my job 
thoroughly, and do believe in it. And I will do my work the 
best I can, knowing that no one can do my work for me, 
and no one can take my job. The other man has his own 
job and must do liis own work as I miist mine. 

When Mr, Roosevelt was President he seemed so cheer- 
ful and so carefree that he was asked how it was that he 
could hold such a responsible i^osition and not be careM'orn. 
"He replied, "I like my job," If I were a member of the 
choir, I would sing to the glory of God, If I were a Sunday 
school teacher I would consider the most important thirty 
minutes of the week those during Avhich I stand before my 
class. May God keep us true to our tasks, to ourselves and 
true to God, then I know we shall be happy and successful 
this year, 

2. I Believe in My Fellow Man. 

To lo; e faith in my fellows is to do myself greater harm 
than them. There is a vast difference whether I believe all 
men are thieves until proven honest, or whether I believe all 
are honest until proven thieA'es. The one makes a world full 
of thieves and the other makes it full of honest men, which 
it is. Preachers can testify that everywhere you go you will 
find good people ; people who are good neighbors ; Samari- 
tans to the afflicted; large, tender, generous hearted folks, 
true friends to men and true to God. They are in every 



mine unbelief. Mark 9:24. 

community, God did not segregate the good and the bad 
and leave anj^ one community wholly bad, Eveisywhere 
there are people worthy of confidence, I want greater faith 
in common humanity. Not to have it, is to be out of joint 
with society; important as I may seem to be I must get back 
in line, I believe, therefore, that there is no more good in 
all men than ^ve may knoAv oi' are willing to admit, and as 
the sah'ation of manj' men may depend upon our confidence 
in them, let us believe in them. liecau.'-e of the «'onderful 
hope of salvation I believe in my fellow men. 

3. I Believe in My Church 

1 can't say that witliout qualification, for it is not a per- 
fect church because it is made up of individuals like you and 
me. But despite the fact, I Ijelieve it is the most powerful 
organization on earth ever will be. Thei'e are more in it that 
are good than bad and always it has enlisted the very best 
wherever it has been established. I belicA'C in the church 
because it has been a great ■white shining light throughout 
the ages, flooding the pathway for the feet of the .struggling 
and straying. 11 is the organic union of like-minded peoples, 
that by precept and example has instilled more courage and 
good cheei' and pointed out the Avay of salvation more plain- 
ly than any other institution known to man. It is the one 
original divine institution. From it there has gone out a 
rich influence that has been the inspiration of all other 
benevolent and beneficient organizations, from the Y. M. 
C. A., Red Cross, W. C. T. V., to the Prohibition party. The 
chui'ch to the sinner is like America to the homesick khaki- 
clad soldier ; it is both home and mother. For the church is 
the mother of all good and is the home of the soul. 

I believe in my church because I believe she is going to 
make many changes in the near future for her own good 
and that of her posterity. She ■will throw oft her swaddling 
clothes of tradition ancl clothe herself only in the essential 
garments of salvation. That change will make no longer im- 
possible salvation to those that cannot pronounce our 
"Shibboleth," Yes, I believe the church is the branch God 
has throAvn in the bitter stream of civilization and it will 
sweeten, purify and sanctify every life and institution 
through which it is permitted t(3 flow. 

. . 4. I Believe in My Home. 

I have been in homes where I had my private bed and 
bath and sat at the table on full leather diners. My home 
is jiot like that. I have been in homes where there were no 
cai-pets, little furnishings of any kind, children ragged and 
unkempt. My home is not like that, because both of these 
homes are extreme. My home is just an average one. I be- 
lieve I could change my profession and add to its luxury, but 
after all its the best home on earth for me. I don't know 
that my home would suit some folks, but it cantains some 
things that can't be purchased on the bargain counters of 
the Avorld. It's motto is service, ancl its reward is Ioa'C. 
Many a boy across the sea is longing for home now. Some 
have a vision of a home on a boulevard or the avenue, some 
of the humblest cottage, but they all make the same kind 
of a heartache. It does a man good to be homesick at least 
once in his life. I believe in my home because it is the place 
of dignified piarenthood and sanctified childhood, a place 
where God is no stranger and where the dust is kept off of 
some of the Bibles all the time. It is an average Christian 
American home and I believe every man should have a home. 

5. Lastly, I Believe in My Country. 

First, because it is made up of my felloAV countrymen 
no better and no worse than you and I, and I can't go back 
on either of us. It may even be the best country on earth 
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OUR DEVOTIONAL 

The Christian and Temptation 

By M. A. Witter 

OUR SCRIPTURE— James 1 .1-15 

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into clivers 
temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith 
worketh patience. . . Blessed is the man that -endureth 
temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown 
of life, which the Lord hath pi'omised to them that love him. 
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: 
for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he 
any man : but eveiy man is tempted, when he is drawn away 
of his OAvn lust, and enticed (vs. 2, 3, 12-14). 

OUR MEDITATIONS 

The certainty of temptation. . No Christian can escape 
being tempted. There is no such thing as living above the 
plane of temptation. Christ Avas tempted though living a 
perfect life and all who follow in His leading will find that 
the same evil one is still as I'eady to attempt the ruin of 
Christ's followers as he was to wrecl^ the plan and pur- 
pose of the Lord himself. 

As the Cliristian advances in the spiritual life growing 
in the likeness of his Master he will find the old temptations 
of former days loosing their attraction. He may overcome 
the temptation to gross immorality and the baser forms of 
sin so that they no longer appeal to him. But in the room of 
the former temptations there appear new and more subtle 
attractions aimed at the fellowship between the believer and 
his Lord with the purpose of wrecking that fellowship. 

A trinity of tempters. Satan, the leader and ruler of 
the hosts of wickedness, never wearies in the use of his orig- 
inal weapon, the lie. "He is a liar from the beginning." "He 
is the father of lies." "He is. also called 'the great accuser.' 
He aims his lies at the loving purpose of God in the salva- 
tion of man. He falsely accuses God to man charging him 
with unkindness, indifference, or even with cruelty. The 
evil one would have us believe that all of the suffering and 
heartache of the great was the result of God's indiffer- 
ence and unconcern. He would charge God with being either 
helpless and impotent in the face of great problems or heart- 
less and cruel in Avithholding relief from the sufferers. The 
tempter points to the wicked man "spreading himself like a 
green bay tree" and whispers that sin is no barrier to suc- 
cess. Again he points to the suffering child of God and sug- 
gests that that is the way God rewards the faithful. In a 
thousand cunning ways his cunningly devised lies seek to 
embitter the heart of man against the loving heavenly Fath- 
er that maketh all things to work together for good to them 
that love him. 

The world A\hich lies in the wicked one joins in his 
attack on the love and faith of the believer by presenting all 
of its alluring attractions and by its extravagant promises 
of pleasure, gain, success, popularity, and power. With its 
countless attractions varied to every condition of life the 
world does not fail to make its appeal in some form or an- 
other to every child of God. To those on lower planes the 
world allures to indulgence and excesses, to another class the 
temptation is to selfish and heartless application to gain, to 
still another the appeal is to do the good thing and the kind 
thing for the sake of the applause it will bring, to another 
class the world offei's its praise in exchange for a surrender- 
ed conscience. And to all of tliese allurements the flesh, 
the old carnal nature adds its appeal. How the flesh shrinks 
from every sacrifice, how the flesh reeks ease, how the old 
carnal pride responds to the Avorld's appeal and promises of 
praise and success, how willing is the flesh to join hands 
with the world and the devil in deception and every wicked 
device that would further tlie selfish plans and purposes. 



The focal point at which all temptation is aimed. 

Temptation may assume a million dift'erent forms and may 
seek to allure, to drive, to crush, to intimidate, to benumb, 
to harden, or in countless other ways to cause the tempted 
to sin ; but whatever the form of the temptation or the form 
of the sin to which it leads, the ultimate aim of every temp- 
tation is to break up the loving confiding faith of the be- 
liever in his God. That end may be cunningly concealed 
but only there can the world, the flesh, or the devil really 
win a victory over a human soul. When the tempted yields 
to the temptation and sins the guilt of that sin cai;ses the 
sinner to dread the face of God, and that sin stands as a 
barrier between the soul and God until it is removed by re- 
pentence and confession. This is true of every sin, and 
herein lies the terrible consequences of sin, — SIN BREAKS 
THE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. It matters little in the 
final outcome whether the sin is one of a loathsome nature 
abhorred by all or whether it is a sin of more favorable 
standing from the vicAvpoint of the multitude of men, if it 
succeeds in separating a soul from the blessed fellowship 
with God, then its fiendish pixrpose is accomplished. 

"The way of escape." When the malignant design of 
the tempter is understood it Avill be easy to recognize as 
temptations everything that tends to interrupt full confi- 
dence in God and full assurance of his loving favor. Fel- 
lowship with God maintained unbroken means victory over 
the tempter. The channels of communication Avith God 
must be kept open through constant use. Worshipful read- 
ing of the Word of God daily is one of the channels of com- 
munication. By Avorshipful I'eading is meant that reading 
in Avhich Ave Avait Avith rapt eagerness to hear the A^oice of 
God in every line as Ave read. The reader that takes up 
the Bible Avith the prayer, "Speak to my heart, Loi-d 
Jesus," Avill not proceed far until he finds abundant reason 
for praise and thanksgiAdng. Here is another channel of 
communication that must be kept in constant use. Praise 
and thanksgiving, not the formal and cold rendering of 
dutiftd thanks but the adoring, Avorshipful thanks that looks 
up to the heavenly Father Avith fervent heartfelt praise and 
gratitude for all things, but above all for just himself, for 
his love as revealed in Jesus Christ, and for his Avillingness 
through the Holy Spiirt to reproduce in the believer the 
Christ life. Who can hear the promises of God and under- 
stand such loving proAnsion made for his Avelfare Avithout 
fervently praying that God might have his Avay fully in his 
life. And Avho having come to realize the fulness of the sal- 
A-ation that is in Christ Avill not be eager to carry that sal- 
A'ation to just as many of his felloAA^nen as possible ! Here 
then are some of the Avays of maintaining that SAveet unbrok- 
en felloA^'ship that means victory over the tempter, Avorship- 
ful Bible study, fervent heartfelt praise, the prayer of faith, 
the life of full surrender and of faithful Avitnessing for 
Christ. 

OUR PRAYER 

Our heavenly Father, we thank thee that thou hast 
promised not to suffer us to be tempted above that AA'hich 
Ave are able to bear, and for the Avay of escape that is pro- 
vided at every time of temptation. We thank thee that Ave 
can knoAA^ through the revelation given in thy Word that 
thou art not the source of temptation but that thou art ever 
ready to give complete victory Vhen the tempter assails us. 
We thank thee that Ave can knoAV that thou dost permit the 
temptation only that Ave may be blessed in the victory over 
the tempter. We pray that thou AA-ilt ever help us through 
the Holy Spirit to recognize the tempter in every attack 
that he may make upon us. We pray that avo mny ever be 
mindful of thy presence and thy promises juvt Avhen we 
need thee most. Grant. Ave pray thee, that every temptation 
may serA'e onlv to inalco more real and more blessed the fel- 
loAvship Avith lliwell' and that the victory that thou givest 
US may bring glory to thy blessed name. 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKERS 



I have reasons to believe that others be- 
sides the regular readers of THE BEETHEEN 
TEACHEE will be interested in the contents 
of a publication which has for its object the 
promotion of the cause for which the Simday 
school exists. In this brief review I wish to 
call attention to the Eeview Section which 
was added to THE TEACHEE beginning with 
the last issue of the year. 1918. This section 
is developed to the discussion of themes vital 
and fundamental to the growth and develop- 
ment of the Sunday school. In its enlarged 
form THE TEACHEE covers a much wider 
field than formerly Avhen practically all of its 
pages were given to the treatment of the reg- 
ular Sunday school lessons. 

Witness, for example, the contents of the 
February issue: 

Holding the Teen Ago Pupil, W. H. Beaohler 

Sunday School Survey H. H. Wolf ord 

The Ten Commandments in Modern Life 

Dr. J. Allen Miller 

The Joy of the Teacher . . . Margaret Sangster 
A Teacher's Creed: What I Believe. 
Making 1919 a Year of Triumph. 
Editorial: 

The place of Emphasis in The Sunday 
School. 

Still Boom for the Eeligious Teacher. 

No Unimportant Part. 

Messages to Sunday School Teachers. 

Surely these are themes of vital interest 
to all to whom the cause of the Sunday 
school lies close at heart. That the reader 
may know that others besides the teacher will 
find something of interest in these articles, 
I take the privilege of reprinting here in 
part the contribution by W. H. Beachler on 
"Holding the Teen Age." Following an in- 
troduction in which Brother Beachler shows 
wherein the Sunday school has failed, he says: 

I may say that I have in mind two consider- 
ations which I regard as fundamental in their 
relation to the solution of the teen age prob- 
lem. However, I shall speak of those last. 
I want first to mention what might be called 
minor considerations, and yet I regard them 
all as important in their way. 

For example, the co-operation of parents. 
In endeavoring to hold the teen age pupils 
in the Sunday school we ought to give our- 
selves the advantage that comes when there 
is co-operation on the part of the parents. 
And yet, I am not unmindful that many of 
the pupils with whom we have to deal come 
from homes where the parents care nothing 
for Sunday school and are not Christians. 
Nor am I unmindful of this, that sometimes 
the pupil that is the most difficult to hold has 
the best kind of parents. Thus in seeking 
a solution for the teen age problem we must 
go deeper. 

Again I recognize the value of having or- 
ganized classes for teen age boys and girls, 
also of having closed class rooms for each 
class where this is possible, and I further 
recognize the importance of having men 



By A. D. Gnagey 

teachers for boys and lady teachers for girls, 
and I recognize that in so far as is possible 
the singing and general exercises of the 
school session ought to be designed to appeal 
to boy and girl life — :I say I recognize the 
importance of all this, and where it is pos- 
sible these things should all be brought to 
bear in a school in the attempt to hold the 
teen age pupils. And yet, I am aware that 
many a school has severe limitations and 
simply cannot give itself the advantage of 
the different things I have mentioned. In 
other words, I know that many a school can- 
not do as good as it -svould but it must simply 
do the best it can. And anyhow I don't be- 
lieve any of the things mentioned here go 
quite to the root of the matter. 

Thus I am led to say that in my own opin- 
ion the first, fundamental thing in holding the 
teen age pupil in the Sunday school is to lead 
that pupil to Jesus Christ and get him sound- 
ly converted. . T have come to the conclusion 
that when once n boy or g-irl loves the church, 
and the Sunday school, and the Bible as only 
a regenerated heart can love it, there is no 
longer a teen age problem with that boy or 
girl. It is possible that we have been look- 
ing all too much in the Sunday school for 
the difficulty, and too little at the boy or 
girl. We must not forgot that if the Sun- 
day school needs reformation, the boy and 
girl need regeneration. And maybe after all 
the shortest road to the solution of our prob- 
lem is not great Sunday school conventions 
(I believe in conventions) but great revival 
meetings. At all events I am coming more 
and more to believe that at the very bottom 
of the teen age question is a question of 
evangelism. To spend less time "fixing," 
and "doctoring" and "readjusting" our 
Sunday school machinery and more time in an 
endeavor to lead each boy and girl to Christ, 
I'epresents in my mind, the surest solution 
of our problem. 

And coupled up with this consideration is 
the teacher consideration. If it is important 
that the teen age boy or girl should have 
the right teacher before he or she is a Christ- 
tian, it is even more important that that 
boy or girl should have the right teacher 
after ho or she IS a Christian. When it 
comes to the teen age problem the teacher 
is of paramount importance. And perhaps 
the most tragic misfits in the average Sunday 
school are to be found in the men and women 
who stand before the teen age classes as 
teachers. Even if I could, space would not 
permit me to attempt to paint what a suc- 
cessful teacher of boys or a successfxil teach- 
er of girls is like or is not like. All I do 
say is this, that the most difficult thing con- 
fronting the average Sunday school is to find 
just the right man for the teen age boys and 
the right woman for the teen age girls. And 
in many a school they are not to be found at 
all, because THEY AEE NOT. I simply 
mean that in many a Sunday school there 
will be no efficient teachers of teen age boys 



and girls until those Sunday schools get busy 
and single out promising young people and 
train them for that particular work. 

Thus to sum up, my thought is simply this: 
If we will successfully hold, the teen age 
pupil in the Sunday school, thus reducing 
the a\vful loss which confronts us, and thus 
stopping up the leaks, we must keep clearly 
in 3iiind that the x-iupil who is a Christian and 
iu the care of a real, qualified teacher is the 
easiest pupil to hold. But as long as we fail 
to make soul winning and evangelism the 
outstanding goal of our endeavor, and as long 
as ^ve disregard the matter of training and 
qualifying . our teen age teachers, just that 
long will this appalling loss go on, and just 
that long will the Sunday school continue to 
fail at the most vitel point in its work. 



WHITE GIFTS OF VICTORY AND PEACE 

The following ' ' White Gifts ' ' received 
since last report: 

McKee, Pa $ 5.00 

Milledgeville, 111., 15.00 

La Verne, Oal., 35.00 

Bryan, Ohio, 16.00 

I'ostoria, Ohio, 10.00 

liuanoke, Va., 10.68 

-Uoxico, lud., 34.06 

G retna, Ohio, 22.94 

Spokane, Wash., 6.35 

Fairview, Ohio, 15.86 

< 'ampbell, Mich., 35.67 

Dayton, Va., 5.00 

Louisville, Ohio, 90.75 

Claypool, Ind., 5.51 

Waterloo, Iowa, 121.06 

Total $428.38 

Previously reported 769.24 

(4 rand Total, .$1197.62 

We wish to correct the following errors in 
i>ur last report — Linwood, Maryland, should 
have read .$10 instead of $20, and Eoann, 
Indiana, should have read $70 instead of 
■f liO. This makes Eoann 's contribution just 
100 percent better than last year. 

ALBEET TEENT, 
Oeneral Secretary-Treasurer. 



"WHY GO TO CHURCH?" 

' ' Do you inquire, Why do I go to church ? ' ' 
asks Mr. John Wanamaker, the great Chris- 
tian merchant. "You tuight just as perti- 
nently inquire, Why do I eat? or Why do I 
sleep?" In further reply, he said: 

' ' I lind one is just as necessary to my well- 
being as the other. I could eat well and 
sleep well, and yet be a very miserable man 
without the spiritual uplift that comes only 
from an attendance upon the Divine ordi- 
nances. Then, again, it is a great privilege to 
touch shoulders with the earnest Christian 
men w-ho are interested in promoting Christ's 
Kingdom upon earth," 



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J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



G. C. Carpenter 

SECRETARY 



GREETINGS FROM BOSTON 



My Dear Fellow Endeavorers of the Brethren 

Church: 

I am delighted to hear of the splendid 
work which you are doing in your united ca- 
pacity for the advancement of the kingdom of 
God, and to read the list of Christian En- 
deavor Experts from the Nappanee society, 
and their fine standing at their examination. 

It was also very gratifying to know that 
you intend to make so much of Christian En- 
deavor Week, for the advancement of the spe- 
cial good causes in which you are_ interested. 
I trust that Ashland College Night as well as 
all the other evenings of the week, will be 
a great success. 

With affectionate greetings to everyone who 
reads these words, I. am 

Faithfull}' yours, 
FRANCIS E. CLAEK. 

My Dear Mr. Garber, 

I thank you for the opportunity of sending 
a brief greeting to the loyal Christian Endea- 
vorers of the Brethren church. 

For more than twenty-eight months I have 
been practically laid aside from my regular 



work as the result of an automobile accident. 

During these months of opportunity for 
quiet meditation, after thirty-five years of 
active service in Christian Endeavor, I have 
found no reason to change my opinion that 
Christian Endeavor is one of the great Provi- 
dential agencies for the bringing in of the 
kingdom of God; and I rejoice in the little 
part that I have been privileged to have in 
its development. 

In these days we are thinking of the more 
than 170,000 of our comrades in the United 
States alone, who have responded to the call 
of the colors and have met the challenge of 
enlistment, training, service and sacrifice for 
the freedom of the world. I wish that these 
four watchwords might be written deep upon 
the heart of every Endeavorer and hung upon 
the wall of every prayer-meeting room, as a 
challenge to us, to whom is committed the task 
of making a world worthy of the sacrifice 
they have made. 

Wishing you every success in the now year 
of service, I am Sincerely yours, 

WM. SHAW, 
General Secretary. 



Let Us Do It Now 

We most heartily approve the watchwords 
suggested by Dr. Shaw. They represent the 
presuppositions of our Four Year Challenge 
reproduced below. When planning it we had 
in mind the enlistment of at least two thou- 
sand new Endeavorers who should enter the 
greatest training school of the church to learn 
how to serve in sacrificial ways. The extent 
to which these aims have been realized can 
best be determined by each local society. Once 
more we have come to a period of judgment 
and enlistment. Now is the time to judge im- 
partially our past achievements and check up 
our present standing. And February 2-9 is the 
acceptable week to enlist young people in En- 
deavor work and Endeavorers in the various 
activities thereof. In this way they will be 
trained for service in the church, as indicated 
by Brother Belote in his article. 




PEOF. J. A. GAEBEB 

(Without Brother Garber 's consultation we 
decided this Christian Endeavor issue would 
not be complete without his likeness. — Edi- 
tor). 



Our Four Year Challenge 



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6 

Junior and Intermediate Societies. . . 35 6 



1 Young People's Societies 
-2 

3 New Christian Endeavorers 2000 500 

4 New Church Members 400 95 

5 Army of Patriotic Service 3500|7ri0 

6 Quiet Hour Comrades 2500 575 

7 Tenth Legioners 2000 500 

8 Dollars for Missions . . 2100 500 

9 Life Worlt Recruits 100 22 

10 Christian Endeavor Experts 500il05 













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"WOKKEES TOGETHEE" 

Great responsibility rests upon each pastor 
during these days. God is insistently calling 
young lives into his service but because some 
young hearts have not been personally 
brought face to face with the call they are 
passing it by heedless of their error. It is at 
such a time that the minister or Sunday 
school teacher should make their influence 
count for God in a very special way. You 
can touch some young life for God and the 
verj' fact that you have been called to be 
"a fellow worker together with him" should 
fill your heart with a deep sense of obliga- 
tion. Such Christian leaders should try to fill 
the next days prior to February 9 "just full 
of personal interviews and by this means seek 
to help some young soul to the decision 
point. Ofttimes a heart to heart talk in 
which various obstacles have been met and 
cleared away has helped a young life into 
the place of definite and life long service. 
Many of the students in Ashland College now 
— who are preparing for Christian service — 
are here chiefly because someone took the 
time to show them ' ' the fields white unto 
harvest" and pointed out to them the need — 
yes the glory — of personal consecration to the 
King's service. 

Besides the personal interviews it would be 
a fine thing to follow the Christian Endeavor 
meeting with a strong missionary sermon or 
a fine consecration theme. If February 9 is 
not a suitable date you could move your Ash- 
land College night service back a week or 
two. The service will be more effective if the 
pastor is there to encourage and help the 
young people in their efforts. 

EDWIN BOAEDMAN, Jr. 



Organize Study Classes 

We are glad for the classes in Expert En- 
deavor that are being reported. One is in 
progress at Lost Creek, the teacher is Miss 
Haddix who completed the course with us at 
Ashland. Christian Endeavor week should 
witness the organization of many additional 
ones. Every society should seek to graduate 
at least the number apportioned it in the 
Challenge. Then mission study is the service- 
theme for February and March. Definite in- 
formation acquired in this manner will enable 
all to pray more earnestly and cause them 
to give more liberally when the foreign Inis- 
sionary offering is received at Easter. Broth- 
er DeLozier, the departmental superintendent 
will announce the several books from which 
selections may be made. Meanwhile the mis- 
sionary committee may be doing advance 
work, striving to enroll as many as possible. 
Decision Day meeting offers a fine opportuni- 
ty to register students for either or both of 
these classes. 

J. A. GAEBER. 



Keep your face always toward the sunshine 
and the shadows will fall behind you. 



In the meanest mortal there lies something 
noble,— Carlyle. 



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MISSIONS 



Three Statements of Jesus Concerning Missions 



Let us recall these statements of Jesus con- 
cerning missions. "We will assume that 
each verse indicates what we are to do with 
different parts of our body. Jesus had been 
talking with his disciples near Jacob's Well, 
in Samaria, about meat which he had to eat 
that they knew not of. He was to do the 
will of his Father, and to finish his work. 
The harvest was already ripe for this, and 
he tells his disciples to do something with 
their eyes. Listen to the words, "Lift up 
your eyes, and look on the fields, that they 
are white already to harvest." What were 
they to do with their eyes? "Lift them up, 
and look about. ' ' Perhaps some of our boys 
and girls have taken a hike in the country, 
when one member of the party has said, 
''Look, see that object in the distance?" 
And immediately you raised your hands to 
your eyes to shade them and looked stead- 
fastly until you saw the object pointed out. 



(A Talk to Children) 

You did not take a hasty glance, but a 
searching look. That is what Jesus wants 
us to do when he says, ' ' Look, see the har- 
vest that needs reaping. ' ' He wants us to 
look carefully over the village or city and see 
the grain that needs harvesting. There arc 
boys and girls, men and women Arho need to 
be brought to the Sunday school and to the 
church. There are those out of Christ who 
need to be brought to him, and lie A\ants us 
to bring them. 

Now, if sheaves are to be gathered in the 
harvest field, what are needed? Reapers, of 
course, — workers, laborers. In order to get 
them, Jesus told his disciples there was some- 
thing to do, that you and I do morning and 
evening on our knees. Pray. "Pray ye 
therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he 
send forth laborers -into his harvest." 

Anyone with this prayer on their heart 
and lips can help to answer it. It will be the 



means of preparing and possibly influencing 
many to go and preach the gospel. So if 
you pray for the Lord to send forth laborers, 
you must not be unwilling to go, if he should 
send you. 

There was a third thing those disciples 
were told to do". This time thej were to 
use their feet. .lesus said, "Go." Yes, and 
Mark 16:1.5 tells us where they were to go, 
ami what tliey were to do. Let us repeat it 
together: "Go ye into all the world and 
preach the Oospel to the whole creation." 
Wherever men are found, wo are to proclaim 
the glad tidings of salvation, through re- 
pentance of sin, and faith in Josus Christ. 
It should be told to every human being who 
can hear and understand it. By neglecting 
the call to "GO" some maj- be lost. AVho 
will dare risk the life of some unsaved soul 
by refusing to go? 

W. B. DEETER. 



"Digging Potatoes for the Kingdom" 

' ' The Continent ' ' says there are a lot of 
good ways to keep a church going in an emer- 
gency and then suggests one of them. A 
church at Fairbanks, Alaska, this year found 
itself in a precarious condition, on account of 
ad\'erse business conditions. As a result al- 
most the whole membership of the Fairbanks 
church moved away in a body. The church 
had been raising $700 a year on its pastor's 
salary. But how could .they do it now? The 
potatoes did it. The potato crop in that vi- 
cinit}' had been very large, but the laborers 
to dig them were few. So the women and 
girls in the church hired themselves out as 
diggers and turned the money earned into the 
church treasury. And the q.uota was raised! 
And the account closes with this statement, 
"That's the kind of stuff our Alaskan Chris- 
tions are made of! They're worth standing 
behind." What about the members of Breth- 
ren churches where the mission boards are 



HOME MISSION NOTES 

helping support the work? Are they worth 
standing behind? 

From Beer to Sausages 

It is reported that the Annheuser-Buscli 
Browing Association plant at St. Louis, the 
home of ' ' Budweiser ' ' and one of the most 
extensive brewing plants in the world, is to 
be the scene of pork packing before the first 
of March. Better make sausages than beer. 
Every such victory is a victorj- for the 
church. 

Life- Work Recruits in Kentucky 

The superintendent of the Kentucky Life- 
Work Recruit Association gives reports from 
a goodly number of young people who have 
consecrated themselves to Christian service, 
as the Lord may direct them, and among the 
number are the following: 

Miss Ina Bowling, Lost Creek, Kentucky, 
writes, "I have not yet taken up my life 
work. Am in school preparing for it. In the 
meantime I am willing to do anything I can 
for Christ and his church." 



itiss Stella ilorris. Lost Creek, Kentucky, 
writes, "I have not begun my life work yet 
but hope to soon. I am going to school at 
Riverside and hope it will not be long until 
I can take up my work." 

A Good Testimony 

A iXr. Lo\eland, speaking in a great con- 
ference of Mountain Workers at Jackson, 
Kentuck}-, said: "I dont' know what church 
school that is at Lost Creek but I do know 
they are doing a great work. It is my busi- 
ness to get into hundreds of these homes, and 
the homes around Lost Creek are the cleanest, 
and the men are living cleaner lives. I find 
they are more truthful and honest and they 
have a brighter look on their faces. That is 
the Irind of work that is needed in the moun- 
tains. " 

"No Nurse Yet" 

Brother Drushal writes lamenting the fact 
that they have no nurse J'et, and says that 
one is very greatly needed. 

G. C. CARPENTER. 



At this Thanksgiving time we have much 
reason to be thankful in Rio Guarto. The 
blessings of peace are beginning to appear 
even though it will require a year or so to 
have everything normal again. 

We have enjoyed good health although a 
large proportion of the people have been sick, 
principally with the grippe. Public schools 
were closed a mouth before time on this ac- 
count but we kept on with our nu^etings 
though with somewhat diminished attendance. 

I recently visited two of our Sunday schools 
in the country. One is conducted by Brother 
Luis Lujan in connection with a private 
school which he teaches in an Italian colony. 
The neighbors came in and we had a very re- 
spectable crowd for the preaching service and 
all seemed quite in sympathy with the nies- 



RIO CUARTO, ARGENTINA 

sage. Brother Lujan is doing a splendid 
work and at the same time is developing him- 
self. He is a native and adapted to the kind 
of work he is doing. From this point which 
is about thirty miles from Rio Guarto I went 
lifteen miles further to the French family of 
whom wo have written before. Here we hiid 
aiiotlier preaching service ^vith much blessing. 
.1 yi.iiiii;- lady, Paulina Gayehet, teaches the 
Sunilay sclinol at this place and does very 
well. 

Our young men are lia\ing good success 
with their meetings for Bible study on Satur- 
day evenings and the open air meetings on 
Sunday afternoons reach scores that do not 
come to the church. AVe arc expecting Mr. 
Howard, the Sunday School Director for South 
America, the latter part of this week. Quite 



u number are expecting baptism at the end 
of this month. 

C. F. YODEB. 



The American Board, which is the oldest for- 
eign missionary society in the United States, 
was organized June 20, 1810. During its his- 
tory it has .sent out over 3,000 missionaries, 
of \vhom 679 are now in service. In the 724 
i-hurches which have been organized by these 
missionaries, there are now enrolled 86,970 
members. The total receipts from the begin- 
ning have been $47,9-1-1,182.60; for year 1916, 
$1,247,715.99. That is a splendid record of 
long service, but if Brethren people will stand 
by our own Foreign Board, it will make as 
honorable u record according to our numerical 
strength. 



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NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

An old adage says: "Do not speak unless 
you can say something that is better than si- 
lence. ' ' Perhaps silence would be better in 
our case, especially when we have so little 
to report. The " flu " hit pretty hard also in 
our city. The churches were closed for three 
weeks and then the epidemic or (pandemic^ 
broke out afresh and it looked for awhile 
as though the services would have to be dis- 
continued again. 

I must say that the authorities here were 
more consistent than in some places of which 
I have heard, for the saloons were closed a 
tew days after the churches were permitted 
to open. The police court of our city bore 
the usual testimony that John Barleycorn is 
the chief disturbance maker among us. 
Throttle him and you diminish crime. 

Mrs. DeLozior, baby and I, all three had 
the influenza, but we are thankful that noth- 
ing of a serious character developed and we 
soon recovered, except for the tired feeling 
which seemed to linger. 

Due to cool evenings setting in, no more 
street meetings were held among the Italians 
after conference. Indeed nothing has been 
done as we are patiently iNaiting for warm 
weather again when, if our Father spares us, 
we shall begin the street meetings earlier 
in the season. 

Meanwhile I was called upon to teach Lat- 
in and French in the Allentown high school 
and have been Jilling tJiat position ever since 
September 17th. This may not result in 
much advantage to the church, and yet, the 
fact that I have nearly two hundred young 
people under my voice live days per week 
may not be without meaning to our work. 
Alreadj' a few of the students have attend- 
ed our service unsolicited. Others have ex- 
pressed their desire to do so, but said that 
their parents prohibited them. Lutheranism 
and Eeformedism are almost as exclusive 
here as Catholicism usually is. This is the 
wall which we are uj) against. There is a 
fine lot of j'oung people in our city, but all 
are under a tremendous ecclesiastical restric- 
tion. 

Brother Beaehler made his canvass here 
and secured near $800 for Ashland College. 
His messages were much enjoyed by all and 
his stay with us was entirely too short. He 
has partly promised to come back some time 
again that he may at least learn more about 
our Pennsylvania Dutch humor. 

Our Communion service was well attended, 
80 percent of the members having been pres- 
ent. The S. S. C. E., the Y. P. S. G. E. and 
other auxiliaries are keeping their various ac- 
tivities alive. The Sunday school moves along 
as usual. Our Christmas entertainment was 
a success and an offering was lifted and sent 
for the Kentucky work and the tSeminary 
at Ashland. The children decided to forego 
the treat and send money for the Armenian 
relief as they did last year. Our offering for 
this amounted to nearly $25.00. Our Thanks- 
giving offering was $33.00. Our last Easter 
offering was $50.00 (less than fifty members 
here). 

Thus 70U can see that while we are a email 



ehureh, we don't believe in keeping all of our 
mo7iey at home either. Some small churches 
want to be helped instead of helping, but 
this is not our spirit, for we believe our Lord 
lcne\\' whereof he spoke when he said, "It is 
more blessed to give than to receive." 
Brother A. E. Thomas has paid his annual 
visit to Allentown ("There's a reason") and 
brought us a very timely message one Sun- 
day morning and also lent the inspiration of 
his presence at the other services. 

191S passed verj^ swiftly and 1919 is before 
us. We pray that God may lead us forward 
this year. 

If you want to pray for dift'icult places, 
put Allentown on your list. 

' ' Sell is all for des niol. ' ' 

A. L. DELOZIEE. 



the Word and not be made a financier or ex- 
ecutive. The church is a Bible studying 
church and the pastor must preach the Word 
not just lecture. 

GHAKLES H. ASHMAN. 



SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON 

We are iJatiently enduring our second 
round of the ' ' flu. ' ' The first was an attack, 
but this is a siege that promises to continue 
six weeks. The Brethren homes were large- 
ly spared the first time and if the "ban" 
had not been on we could have continued our 
work with verj' little hindrance, but this 
time the "flu" is entering almost every 
Brethren home, not even sparing the preach- 
er 's. Consequentljf many of our plans have 
been demolished. Eally Day, Communion, 
Thanksgiving, Christmas oft'ering and Christ- 
mas jirograni, January-the-Frst-all-day meet- 
ing, Evangelistic campaign — all were made 
impossible, in fact, were cancelled. Some 
will say, "You old pessimist." No, but nei- 
tlier have we been drugged with that hapjjy, 
yo-lucky, false optimism that ignores existing 
conditions and walks about with its eyes shut. 
The devil has been having his inning, but we 
liave put a feiv over him anyhow. 

We have much for which to be grateful. 
Not a member ha.s been taken by death, so 
far, from the epidemic. AVe have been drawn 
together in mutual sympathy and helpfulness. 
Our faith is stronger through the testing. 
,\hiuy we believe have been taught the value 
of individual devotion while deprived of pub- 
lic fellowship. So, after all, "all things 
have worked together for good to those who 
love and serve the Lord, who are the called 
according to his purpose!" 

AVe have a $3,000 church debt here. While 
the ban was on, wo proposed securing $1,000 
of it. It was the only form of vmited church 
T\ork possible. Without a public appeal or 
gathering, without a new fangled method but 
^^•ith simply the giving plan, we asked the 
luenibers to line up. AVe asked for $1,000, 
liut secured $1,500. In fact during the last 
IS months, we have never asked for at speci- 
fied amount in a special offering, but that 
the Brethren went beyond it. They believe 
in the whole Bible and are determined that 
the Brethren church here shall be made per- 
manent and her witness true, 

Jxist as soon as the " flu " lets up, we are 
going after the Four Year Program goals. 
Our plan is to appoint four Key-men and have 
each appoint one for each goal assigned. The 
method work will be done by them. Thus 
the pastor can give himself to proclaiming 



PROM NAPPANEE, INDIANA, TO WASH- 
INGTON, D. 0. 

On Sunday, July 28th, I preached my last 
two sermons to this most excellent congrega- 
tion. Three weeks previous to this I had 
presented my resignation to take effect Aug- 
ust the first. I did this because I had so 
earnestly desired to go to the front as a 
chaplain. My time would not have expired 
with this church until October 1st, 1919. So 
naturally they were surprised to hear of my 
going. But my mind was fully made up. I 
have never been so anxious to do any one 
thing in all my life than that of obtaining 
a chaplaincy. Still after all that I have sac- 
rificed, fate has planned it otherwise. The 
church received my resignation with all kind- 
ness, although reluctantly. Our work together 
had been so pleasant. We had not done so 
many great things. Yet God had blessed our 
efl'orts in a small ^vay. The Nappanee people 
are enthusiastic and thoroughly BRETHEEN. 
All the nice things that could be done for a 
pastor and family were done for us. We 
shall never forget those days of our closing 
pastorate. Just one kind deed after anotherl 
The Alexander Mack class gave me $25.00 as 
a present. The church proper gave me a full 
two weeks' vacation. And then when it 
came to the last evening (shall we ever forget 
it?) 250 were at the train to say goodbye 
and God bless you. A fine basket of eatables 
had been packed for our supply to our fu- 
ture home. How thoughtful this was, as well 
as kind. As long as memory lasts this shall 
be one of the most beautiful pictures. It 
was grand and glorious! 

Brother Kolb has indeed one of the greatest 
honors that could befall him, in being the 
pastor of such a body of people. I pray for 
his constant success in this field. Our church 
has the lead there, and is doing a great work. 
The Church of the Brethren and the Method- 
ist Episcopal are close seconds. 

During the 22 years of pastorate in the 
Brethren church I was greatly blessed of God, 
never being without a church as pastor one 
moment, and served some of the best churches 
in our brotherhood. 

At Conemaugh, Pa., God gave me the 
crowning grace of my life. In the erection 
of this beautiful church I was so happy. But 
there comes a time in our life when we must 
think of our immediate needs. So since I 
have been deprived of the greatest desire of 
my life, that of going as a chaplain, I have 
decided to enter the commercial field. At 
present I am connected with one of the lar- 
gest department stores in bur National Capi- 
tol. As for wages, better than what I ever 
received in the Brethren church. Not that 
I am grumbling, for the church always treat- 
ed me as fair as any pastor should ask. But 
I have often heard the remark made by un- 
thinking people, "that he could not do as 
well elsewhere." This has been proven con- 



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clusively wrong in my case, as in many others 
that have been known. 

Of course as every one so well knows no 
politics have been played during this war. 
That accounts for a great many things hap- 
pening different from what we want. It does 
not yet seem possible to me that I am not to 
be granted the great privilege of helping the_ 
boys. And after my own boy went to camp 
the grief of my heart was greatest. But only 
the other day I got a kind letter of thanks 
from a proper source, informing me that all 
papers in the case might be had by request- 
ing them at once. I HAVE NOT ASKED 
FOE THEM, NOR SHALL I. If ever the 
need arises in the future, "HEEE AM I, 
SEND ME." 

I appreciate what Dr. Teeter has done for 
us as editor. HE HAS DONE WELL, and 
each of us will do our best to make Brother 
Baer's incumbency pleasant. Let us help him 
in every way possible. This is the way to 
succeed. LOVE TO ALL THE BEETHEEiV 
IN HIS NAME. I AM YOUES, IN THAT 
BLESSED HOPE. 
429 G St., N. W. L. O. HUBBAED. 

MASONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

This congregation still lives, in spite of the 
ravages of the influenza. But in common 
with many other organizations, we have not 
accomplished what we had hoped to do, if it 
had not interfered with our plans. We be- 
gan the last quarter of the year 1918, with 
a rousing Eally Day, in both Sunday school 
and church and it was indeed a day of big 
things for us. On the evening of that day, 
we followed the custom which has been com- 
mon with us since my pastorate began here, 
and had the Hon. Wooda W. Carr, a promi- 
nent attorney of Uniontown, to bring us the 
message, and it was heard by a splendid audi- 
ence, which could not but have been of much 
help, as he. eloquently pleaded for the enthrone- 
ment of our Lord. With the impetus which 
the services of the day gave, we were ex- 
pecting groat things during the closing weeks 
of the year, but then came the "flu" and its 
consequent quarantine, which closed all our 
churches for a period of four Sundays and 
left a feeling of fear and uncertainty, even 
after it was lifted, so that we have not 
really recovered from it yet. We had planned 
to begin revival services on the first Sunday 
of November with Brother H. L. Goughenour 
leading us, and of course, that became out of 
the question. When we re-opened our regular 
services, we found a much diminished attend- 
ance at all services, and in spite of every 
efi'ort to overcome this handicap, it still per- 
sists. However, it seems to be gradually 
yielding and we hope soon to be back to our 
old averages. 

Under the leadership of our splendid young 
women, the children and young people of the 
Sunday school, gave the best entertainment 
on Christmas night, which it has ever been 
my privilege to witness. Santa Glaus stuff is 
taboo, and the Christ child was magnified as 
the infant Savior of men. One of the features 
of the program which was highly exciting to 
the pastor and his wife, came near its end, 
when they were called to the pratform by 
the superintendent, Brother Kratz, and in the 
name of the congregation, were presented 
with a purse, containing almost $50.00. 



Something like this has happened at every 
Christmas time since we came here, but it 
always touches our hearts deeply, since we 
take it as a tangible expression of confidence 
and approval upon the work we are trying 
to do for the congregation and the commun- 
ity. 

On the evening of the first day of the new 
year, the congregation assembled at the 
church in annual business session. It is in- 
deed a pleasure to participate in such ses- 
sions, when such unanimity of sentiment pre- 
vails. So faithful had all officers of the 
church and Sunday school been that practi- 
cally no changes were made for the year 
ahead. Even the pastor was included in this 
for he was unanimously asked to remain with 
the congregation for another year, and a sub- 
stantial addition was made to his salary. The 
annual reports for both church and Sunday 
school were very gratifying. The financial 
officers reported receipts of $2,147.16, which 
does not include the $1,833 which was paid 
cash, on college endowment, nor the $50, 
which was contributed to the work of the 
Anti-Saloon League. And this is from a con- 
gregation whose active membership is less 
than 150. The average attendance of our 
Sunday school for the year, was 101, which 
is less than in former years, but the offerings 
for the year were above $700, which I con- 
sider exceptional. It is all the more so, be- 
cause no special effort was made along that 
line. We have a class of men, of which I 
have the honor to be teacher, whose average 
attendance for the year was 20, and whose 
oft'erings were $328.77, which does not include 
monies spent on the class, but contributions 
to the regular treasury of the school. No one 
knows better than myself that money is not 
everything and that of itself it is helpless, 
but I believe that its free bestowal is an 
indication of interest which, in this case, at 
least, is highly encouraging. 

We are now in the beginning of an evange- 
listic campaign under the leadership of Broth- 
er Goughenour, and I hope to have splendid 
things to report at its close. This is the 
fifth of such campaigns which he has con- 
ducted here, and none of them have been 
without great help to the cause which is 
dear to all our hearts. 

MAETIN SHIVELY, Pastor. 



SPOKANE, WASHINGTON 

Well, we have the same story others repeat 
in regard to the "flu." We have been un- 
der cither ban or quarantine for three 
months. Sunday morning, January 5, was the 
lirst Sunday wo have had unhindered service 
lor that time." 01' course it has set us back 
in our work quite a bit, but it docs not seem 
to ha\o permanently hurt us. If last Sun- 
day's turnout is "any indication of what is 
to come, we will soon be back to our old 
place and even bettor. 

We are planning to hold our revival in 
February' this year with Brother Ashman of 
Sunnyside to preach for us. Just what can 
he done at the present condition of things 
it is hard to say, but "if God be for us, who 
can be against us?" Has not the gosj)el the 
same old power today it had at Pentecost ■? 
Our God is able to pierce the spiritual chill 
that is sweeping over the churth and the 
world today, and warm the souls of men 



with his love. Pray for us that God may 
bo with us in mighty power. 

As to our building, wo got the most of the 
cement work done before the cold weather 
set in, and fully expect to finish as soon as 
weather \vi]\ permit in the spring. In the' 
meantime Spokane is paying up her pledge 
of $1,200 to the building fund made last Sep- 
tember in our building drive. Many good 
brethren have written to us that they were 
going to help us substantially very soon. 
Send it in now brethren, we will need it 
by the time it gets here, and it will make 
our work much easier by sending it in early 
rather than late. Everything now depends 
upon the $2,500 to come from the brotherhood 
at large, as to whether our difficulties will 
increase or diminish in fully establishing this 
work. May God bless all who have helped 
this work and are continuing to help so 
splendidly. The Mission Board has done and 
is doing all in their power to make Spokane 
a success and our hearts are filled with grat- 
itude for it. But the ability of the Mission 
Board to help, depends entirely upon the sup- 
port they receive from the brotherhood. It 
won't be long till Spokane will reverse 
things and be a giver instead of a receiver. 
That's the most blessed way. 

We have "made" goal 7 of the Four 
Year Program 'and expect to make goal 9 be- 
fore long. With the work still in its forma- 
tive stage it is a little difficult to keep all 
the aspirations of the national work in the 
full light and place they ought to have but 
we 're pounding away. The Four Year Pro- 
gram is certainly the greatest thing denom- 
inationally and congregationally that the 
Brethren church ever attempted. May God 
encourage and give wisdom to its leaders. It 
is vision we need. "Where there is no vi- 
sion the people perish." 

E. PAUL MILLEE. 



ASHLAND COLLEGE NOTES 

The furnace has been installed under the 
chapel room and we are having chapel servi- 
ces each day, after having been deprived of 
the use of the room for a couple of weeks. 

Brother 'Boardman was called to Middle- 
branch to conduct a funeral recently. He 
made a quick trip going over one day and 
back the next morning ready for his studies. 
Eddie is bell ringer for class periods. 

Marie Lichty and Amy Puterbaugh ate 
dinner with Mrs. Lynn and Mrs. Deeter on 
Sunday. The husbands of the two latter were 
away preaching on that day. The girls report 
a happy day together. 

The editor suggested that perhaps some of 
tlie Evangelist readers might be interested in 
knowing what the theological students are 
doing for the Brethren church and where they 
are preaching while making their way through 
school. So we report concerning the activi- 
ties of the following students and some of 
the professors: 

A. L. Lynn is preaching at Ankenytown 
alternate Sundays. He has served this church 
about three years, having lived there before 
coming to school in 1917. The other half of 
his time he serves the Zion Hill congregation. 

Benjamin F. Owen has charge of the 
Glenford mission and the Fair Haven congre- 
gations. The former he has served for near- 



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ly four years, the latter eighteen months. 

Edwin Boardman is on his second year with 
the Middlebranch church of half time, and 
has since last November been in charge of 
the work at Gretna, Ohio, also. 

Elwood Kowsey has been in charge of the 
Mansfield mission for nearly two years. He 
has recently been over to Wiliamstown as a 
supply two Sundays, as they have been with- 
out regular preaching services for several 
months. 

Fred Vanator is serving the Homerville 
church since last June when the former pas- 
tor, B. S. Stoffer was called into army work. 
Dr. Miller has had charge of the Eittman 
mission since last summer, going over every 
two weeks. 

W. B. Deeter was called to Oakville, In- 
diana recently for a Sunday service, and has 
hired to them for half-time work till the end 
of the present school year. He will hold 
them a two weeks' meeting in February. 

Dr. Furry has been supplying at the city 
Congregational church for several months. 

Brother Austin Staley, who was in school 
two years is in charge of the work in his 
home congregation. From recent reports we 
learn that his work is moving along nicely. 
We are glad to know this, and wish for him 
and his people more of the good things in 
Kingdom-building work at Udell, Iowa. 

Brother Clayton Starn supplied the pulpit 
at Mansfield on a recent Sunday while the 
pastor ivas away on other work. 

The girls of the school have started a gym- 
nasium class which meets twice a week. The 
instructor is former Sergeant Neichwitz. The 
latter will also instruct the boys twice a 
week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 
The floor of the ' ' gym ' ' has been oiled and 
other improvements have been made which 
makes the room appear the neatest looking 
we have ever seen it. The new electric 
lights are fine. 

Mrs. Benjamin Owen has been out nursing 
in a few of the homes in the city for some 
time. There is still some " flu " lingering 
here and there. 

Your humble servant has been trying to 
help in the Ashland Mission Chapel for sev- 
eral months, giving them blackboard chalk- 
talks, along Sunday school lines and general 
church work. In this place are a lot of chil- 
dren who would get no Christian instruction 
at all if no chapel services were held. In 
looking around one can often find minssion 
work to do close to his own door-yard. 

W. B. DEETEB. 



IN THE SHADOW 



SILBERMAN— Hcistcr George Daniel died 
December 3, 1918, aged 7 months and 5 days. 
Death was due to pneumonia. Brother and 
Sister Silbemian are members of the Allen- 
town Brethren church. Funeral service was 
conducted at the house by the writer. May 
^ God comfort them in their loss with the 
realization that "of such is the Kingdom of 
heaven. " 

A. X. DELOZIEfi. 

WOGOMAN — Irvin Bernard, son of Argus 
Wogoman, was born December 31, 1916, and 
died December 27, 1918, after a six days' ill- 



ness. He is survived by his father and 
mother, one sister and two brothers. Funer- 
al services at the home conducted by the pas- 
tor. May God bless those who are sad. 

.T. A. McINTUEFF. 
GANGEE—Floyd Alvesford, son of Isaac 
Ganger, was born in Goshen, Indiana, March 
28, ISyi. He united with the Goshen Breth- 
ren church, December 1, 1916, and was a loy- 
al and consecrated worker, taking keen in- 
terest in all the activities of the church. He 
was one of the leading members of the "True 
Blue" class. He registered for the draft at 
Elkhart, Indiana, where he was working, and 
ivas sent to Camp Taj-lor, Kentucky, on Oc- 
tober 6, 1917. Later he was transferred to 
Camp Shelby, being identified with the 139th 
Machine Gun Battalion. From Camp Shelby 
he was sent to Camp Merritt, and left for 
overseas .Juno 11, arriving in England June 
27, the first of the "True Blues" to arrive 
overseas. He was transferred to the 116th 
Supply Train, and saw much service -on dif- 
ferent fronts as a messenger truck driver. 
Later he was transferred to Second Division 
of Headquarters Troops. On December 26 a 
telegram was received telling of his death of 
acute nephritis. In the last liig drive he 
made unusual efforts to remain in the service, 
although physically unfit. He was engaged 
to be married to Miss Hazel Schrock of 
Goshen. His father and one sister survive. 
J. A. McINTUBFF. 

HELMAN— Mrs. Myrtle Hazel, daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. John Peterson of Goshen, 
Indiana, died Decem.ber 25, 1918. She re- 
ceived her education in the Goshen public 
schools and at Goshen College. She became 
a member of the First Brethren church and 
remained faithful until death. On .Tune 24, 
191.5, she was married to Mr. Lorenzo G. Hel- 
luan, to which union one son was born, which 
died in infancy. Mrs. Helman was one of 
those beautiful characters which we love to 
cherish in memory. She is survived by her 
husband, father and mother, one sister and 
three brothers. Funeral services were con- 
ducted bv her pastor and Brother G. W. 
Reiicli. 

J. A. :McINTUnFF. 

GRIPE — Florence Elizabeth, aged 8 years, 
3 months and 25 days, departed this life De- 
cember 3, 1918. Florence was stricken with 
the dreaded influenza from which, despite the 
oest of medical attention and care, she did 
not recover. She united with the church dur- 
ing the winter of 1917-18. Florence was the 
daughter of our Brother and Sister 0. N. 
Cripe. The parents are comforted in the fact 
that they brought up their daughter in a 
I'hristian home and that she early gave her 
lite to Christ. May God richly bless the par- 
ents and little brother in their sorrow. 

H. H. WOLFOED. 

CRIPE— Luella Day, wife of Clarence 
Cripe, died December 8 from pneumonia, fol- 
lowing influenza. She leaves her husband, 
one daughter, Pauline, one son. Max E., her 
father and mother, one sister and two broth- 
ers. Mrs. Cripe has been for years a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren church of Elkhart. 
She loved the church and was always willing 
to do her part. At the time of her death she 
was president of the S. S. C. E., and superin- 
tendent of the Home Department of the Sun- 
day school. She was a member of the Loyal 
Women's class of the Sunday school. The 
church will greatly miss her service and pres- 
ence. Thus death takes from our ranks j'oung 
and old, and at time.s our most active work- 
ers. May God richly bless the family and 
keep them faithful to his most blessed ser- 
vice. Funeral services from the First Breth- 
ren church by her pastor. 

H. H. WOLFOBD. 

OAKS — Cryll W. Oaks was born near Min- 
eral Point, Pennsylvania, April 23, 1893 and 
died November 21, 1918, at his home in 
Youngstown, Ohio, of .Spanish influenza. He 
was an industrious young man, esteemed by 
his fellow-workmen, and a good man. At an 
early age he united with the Brethren church 
and continued in that faith until called home, 



Besides a host of friends who mourn .his loss, 
he is survived by his mother, one sister and 
five brothers. The funeral service was con- 
ducted by L. Garvin Smith, of the Conemaugh 
Brethren church. 

RASBACH— Mrs. .John Basbach, died at 
her home in Conemaugh, Pa., January 2, 1919, 
of a complication of diseases, aged thirty-five 
years. She wa§ the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
W. N. Good of Conemaugh. She was united 
in marriage, January 24, 1901, to Mr. John 
Easbach, by the Bev. J. F. Koontz. She was 
a member of the Conemaugh Brethren Church 
since childhood, taking active part in the 
work of the church. Before her death she 
was anointed and expressed her willingness 
to meet her Lord and Master. Besides the 
many friends who mourn her loss, she is sur- 
vived by her father, her husband, one son, 
one daughter, two brothers and three sisters. 

Funeral services were conducted by L. Gar- 
vin Smith, pastor of the Conemaugh Brethren 
church. 

GROVE— Helen Lcnora, daughter of Broth- 
er and Sister L. O. Grove, died November 28, 
of Spanish influenza, aged three years and 
six months. Little Helen was a choice flower 
of humanity that gladdened all with whom 
she came in touch. She was called into the 
spirit-world before she had scarcely time to 
unfold, nevertheless she left a sweet fra- 
grance that shall not soon be forgotten. In 
the absence of the pastor of the Conemaugh 
Brethren church, the funeral service was con- 
ducted by the Eev. Earl Flora, of the Vinco 
church. 

BURKHART— Sister Viola Burkhart, of 
Johnstown, departed this life Sunday morn- 
ing, December 15th. She was sick only a few 
days when she was called to her heavenly 
home. Her death was due to pneumonia. She 
was aged 18 years, 3 months and 22 days. 
Sister Burkhart was a faithful member of 
the Third Brethren Sunday school and church 
and will be sadly missed in their activities. 
She was a granddaughter of Elder Stephen 
Hildebrand and the daughter of one of our 
most faithful and active members of the 
Third church, ilrs. Dr. Burkhart. A large 
circle of friends and relatives mourn her ear- 
ly death. Funeral services by her pastor, 
the undersigned. 

GEOBGE H. JONES. 

Vi?ISE — Sister Florence Wise, a quiet earn- 
est Christian girl and member of the Third 
church departed this life to be with her Lord. 
Her death means a sad loss to the Sunday 
school which will miss her regular attendance 
and example. Sister Wise was just stepping 
over the threshhold into womanhood when 
called home. She was IS years of age at the 
time of her demise. Many friends grieve over 
their loss and her gain. Funeral bv the pastor. 
GEOEGE H. JONES. 

GRIFFITH— Sister Ethel Hill-Griffith de- 
parted this life for her heavenly home after 
a long siege of tuberculosis of the throat. She 
left to mourn their loss, a husband and child. 
She was a member of the Third Brethren 
church. Funeral services by the pastor. 

GEORGE H. JONES. 
IZOE — Mr. George Izor departed this life, 
January 5th, 1919, at his home in Gratis, 
Ohio, after eight years of suffering. He was 
64 years, 4 months and 25 days old at the 
time of his death. Funeral services by the 
undersigned. Interment in Gratis cemetery. 
GEOEGE H. JONES. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



MILLEE-MILLEB— The marriage cere- 
mony of Charles J. Miller and Nina B. Miller 
was solemnized at the parsonage of the Cone- 
maugh Brethren church on December 21, 1918, 
by L. Garvin Smith, pastor of the church. 
Both are members of the Brethren church. 

The best wishes of their many friends are 
that peace, prosperity and happiness may ac- 
company them through many years of life. 



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Business Manager's Corner 

THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH AND THE 
SPIRIT OF THE WEST 

One of the greatest combinations of effi- 
ciency is the tenacity and perseverance of a 
Pennsylvania Dutchman permeated and over- 
whelmed with the great spirit of the west. 
Any one who has spent any number of years 
among the people of the states west of the 
Mississippi river must have noticed the firm 
grasp on the land and the industries of these 
states held by men from the old "keystone 
state." The same observation may be made 
of the work of the church in these states. 
We know there is a natural tendency on the 
part of emigrants who go westward to ' ' seek 
a fortune" to neglect the things of the soul 
and it has been frequently claimed that many 
of them never take their religion west of the 
Mississippi river or across the Eocky moun- 
tains. In a measure this is true, but on the 
other hand those who do take their religion 
along with them make it count for righteous- 
ness and for God. This is to be observed espe- 
cially among the western Brethren churches, 
the substantial membership of which is of 
Pennsylvania descent. 

During the past week ^ve have had dem- 
onstration of this from three of our western 
churches, namely, Beaver City, Nebraska; 
Morrill, Kansas and Waterloo, Iowa. Of 
course this had to do with the Brethren Evan- 
gelist subscription list. All three churches 
go on the HONOK EOLL for the second year 
and all three sent checks or drafts for the 
full amount of their bills, the largest com- 
ing from Waterloo, Iowa where the subscrip- 
tion list is even larger than it was last year. 
This year AVaterloo sends ONE HUNDRED 
SIXTY THREE subscriptions, accompanied 
by full payment. In this instance it is the 
combination of a Pennsylvania Dutch pastor 
(We think Goughnour sounds like Pennsyl- 
vania Dutch) and the vim of the middle 
western city of Waterloo that brooks no de- 
feat. 



You timorous churches listen! The plan 
does work or a church like the Waterloo 
church would not repeat the performance. 
Yet last year at Winona several members of 
the Publication Board tried to convince the 
Business Manager that the plan would not 
hold out, that it is only a temporary move- 
ment. Shame on you! You owe Waterloo 
and these other splendid churches an apology, 
and you ought to offer it to them. 

"For want of a vision people perish." And 
I can name several large and si^lendid 
churches that need this vision in regard to 
placing the Evangelist in all the active 
Brethren homes of the congregation. This 
vision should come through the pastor, but 
it may come through some good deacon or a 
devoted sister in the church. But the Vision 
must come. What church will be the next to 
catch this glimpse of great possibilities for 
building up the kingdom of Christ and inci- 
dentally the Brethren church? 

An Explanation 
Last summer we began transferring our 
mailing list to the new stencil system we have 
adopted, but the large transfers have been 
made during the last two months as many 
subscriptions expire in December and Janu- 
ary. We have been sending the large lists to 
Cleveland, Ohio to have the stencils made, 
and we have had no trouble of any kind until 
the first week in January. On January fourth 
we sent a list for stenciling and in some un- 
accountable manner it got lost in the mails 
in the short seventy mile trip from Ashland 
to Clevealnd. This list included names from 
Goshen, Indiana; Uniontown, Pennsylvania; 
Masontown, Pennsylvania; Leon, Iowa; and 
several other churches. Some of them failed 
to receive any paper for two weeks. But we 
think we have the matter straightened out 
now and we have mailed the back numbers 
to these subscribers so we hope everything 
will be lovely from now on. 

B. R. TEETER, 

Business Manager. 



The Second Semester opens February 3. 
New Students may enter at that time. 

ASHLAND COLLEGE 

ASHLAND, OHIO 

The world todaj' demands Christian 
Leadership. The old order with its 
crass materialism and autocracy has 
failed. The new order with its ideals of 
Democracy and Brotherhood will suc- 
ceed. 

The potential leadership of the old 
world has been practically annihilated. 
Where shall those be trained who must 
take the place of intellectual and moral 
leadership of the next generation? 

The world today looks to thy Chris- 
tian Colleges to supply this leadership. 

ASHLAND COLLEGE 

in%itcs young men and women to multi- 
ply and consecrate their powers of ser- 
\ ice. It offers high grade instruction 
xmder competent instructors at the 
niininiuni cost and at the same time 
seeks to maintain a vital Christian sit- 
mosphere. 

OFFERS 

regular college courses leading to the 
Bachelor's degree; ■ Courses in Educa- 
tion for those preparing to teach in the 
public schools; Courses in Religious Ed- 
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Courses admitting to the best schools; 
Courses in A^oice, Piano and Expression 
under competent teachers; Courses .in 
Bookkeeping and Shorthand. 

For further information address: 
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^Continued from page 7) 

Ghost. But it is not tlie object of this article to deal with 
that phase of the subject. It is a very simple proposition, 
however, calling for surrender, cleansing the temple, seek- 
ing only the glory of the Christ, and receiving by faith. 

0, my Ijrethren, let lis Avho are of the ministry, gi\'e 
ourselves to the study of the secret of that po\ver, and know 
that the revival we seek is not to be worked up l^y infini- 
tesimal jackscrews working from Ijeneath, but liy the super- 
nal power of the Holy Ghost poured fortli from the divine 
agencies above! The church is sick unto death with "forms 
of godliness, denying the power thereof." She is slowly 
dying with a sort of professional evangelism, born of men, 
carried on l)y men, and failing with men. The Holy Ghost 
is the only effective agent of the mighty God of battles in 
all this world today; and yet, the Holy Ghost is but a sort 
of theoretic belief with a large mass within the church. God 
help us that he may be given his rightful place, and become 
the real, conscious presence and jjower that God hath ordain- 
ed liim to he in this age of grace. Only as we shall give 
him greater recognilion shall we be aljle to meet the chal- 
lenges of Omnipotence, who, too often calls and challenges 
us in vain— "PROVE IME NOW HEREWITH, IF I WILL 
NOT OPEN YOU THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN, AND 
POUR OUT A BLESSING, THAT THERE SHALL NOT 
BE ROOM ENOUGH TO RECEIVE IT!" 



(Condnued from page 8) 

today; I \erily believe it is, and I -would defend my country 
as long as I thought she A\as in the I'ight, as I believe she 
\\'as in the recent world struggle. However, it is not a per- 
fect cotuiti'y, for -we are not perfect. But I believe in my 
native land because "as goes America now, so goes the 
world." Perhaps God is working out a part of his divine 
plan by giving us this leadership in which our Allies trust 
and .the enemy lioi)es. I believe in it because it is a land 
of ideals, not expediency; principle, not policy; and where 
we may follow Clirist and wor.ship God according to the dic- 
tates of our own consciences and need not bow to any man. 
It is a land of freedom and a preacher of equity and justice 
^^•hic]l is righteousness. 

These things I believe : in my job, my fellowmen, my 
church, my home and my country and if there are other 
equally great things that I do not believe in, then "Help 
thou my itnbelief . ' ' Atid today, with yesterday gone forever, 
and tomorrow may be never, help me to be true to this creed 
every day in the year of our Lord 1919. 



This is an age of demonstration, for every kind of mer- 
ciiandise and for ideas. Christ has had his demonstrators 
ever since he first called a disciple. Today, we that profess 
to follo\\- him need to remember that we are Christ's dem- 
onstrators. 




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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Universal Military Training as a Permanent Policy — Editor, .... 2 

Editorial Eeview, 3 

Benevolences the Issue Before Us — H. H. Wolford and H. E. Eoscoe, 4 

The Word of God in Evangelism — Dean J. Allen Miller, 5 

What Will the Realization of Goal Six Mean?— W. H. Beachler, 6 

What If Germany Had Won?— Dr. J. L. Gillin, 7 

■ "For This Is Eight" (Sermon)— J. L. Kimmel, 8 

The Christian 's Love for Souls — E. Paul Miller, 8 



A Commendable Example— Prof . J. A. Garber, 10 

Life Work in Christian Endeavor — E. A. Eowsey, 11 

They Are Planning — Prof. J. A. Garber, 11 

Carry On — Edwin Boardman, Jr., 11 

From Our Youngest Missionary, Marguerite Gribble, 12 

Home Mission Notes — G. C. Carpenter, 12 

News from the Field, 13-16 

The Tie That Binds, 16 



^Equipping an Efficient Sunday School — Albert Trent, 10 In the Shadow, 16 



■ The Supreme Aim in Teaching — Mrs. L. G. Wood, 



10 Business Manager 's Corner, 16 



EDITORIAL 



Universal Military Training As a Permanent Policy 



Will America come down to universal military training at last? 
Having conquered militarism in Germany will she yet be conquered 
by it? Having demonstrated her ability, unhampered by profession- 
al militarism, to rise to an emergency with rapidity, power and in- 
vincible dash unequaled by and impossible to any European militar- 
istic country will she now surrender that ability for that which she 
has proven to be inferior? Will she permit the glory of her idealism 
to be dimmed bj^ demonstrating her own lack of faith in it? May 
God give us the faith and the courage to say ' ' No, ' ' very emphat- 
ically. The predominence of good sense in the American populace 
warrants us in saying ' ' No, ' ' even in the face of a militaristic lobby 
and a few militaristic law-makers at Washngton. We will not trade 
our heritage of inexhaustible latent strength capable of being trans- 
formed on demand into indefeatable activity for a pottage of mili- 
taristic glory and strength which fades and diminishes with the in- 
crease of professionalism. 

Nevertheless there is that danger. A group of militaristic poli- 
ticians and professional military men are endeavoring to bring about 
that very condition. And if protest is not made by the populace, the 
pulpit and the religious press, it is possible they may succeed in their 
schemes. 

Universal military training is not necessary for our national pro- 
tection nor for the meeting of critical issues. The quickness with 
vhich an army of two million men was trained and transported across 
the Atlantic was a marvel to our own eyes as well as to the eyes of 
Germany. But we could have put the same number of men trained 
into the field on this side of the Atlantic six months sooner. In case 
of a foreign power desiring to attack us it would take them as long 
to come to our shores as it did us to go to European shores and in 
that time we could be prepared to more than equal them. And as re- 
gards our neighboring nations there are none that could match us in 
a contest and moreover none, maintain a large standing army nor 
require universal military training as a permanent policy. 

On the other hand, it would make our self -protection less secure, 
because it would decrease the fighting value of our American sol- 
diers. Their efficiency in the late world war was due in a largo way 
to the dash, enthusiasm, and conviction that a great and righteous 
cause called forth. In every war that was the secret of the invincible- 
aesa of American £oldleiy. But make thom professional soldiers or 



encourage the professional sj)irit and you take away that quality. 
They will become machine-like soldiers of no more value with their 
backs against a wall than German soldiers proved to be. Train our 
young men for the farm, the shop or the profession and not for tho 
battle, and if the battle does come, as we pray it may not, it will 
come only after great provocation which will put fire into their blood 
and they will fight invincibly and without fear, and not as professional 
soldiers who are more wary than brave. 

Universal military training would envolve a large and needless 
financial burden upon the country. . Such an expenditure if put into 
technical, agricultural and professional training or used to build good 
roads would be infinitely more profitable and of greater protection. 

Such compulsory training if only for a year, would rob young 
men of one of the most important and most critical years of his life, 
most important in the preparation for useful employment and most 
critical in the formation of life habits. Army life at this age would 
open up a great danger point to character and would tend to deflect 
many from really useful vocations and callings. It would mean a need- 
less interruption in the preparation for service and possibly waste 
the inspiration in many a youth for industrial, social or moral ad- 
vancement. 

Universal military training would tend to build up a military 
class which would be not only useless, but would become heartless, 
cruel, arrogant and domineering. It would thwart the will of the 
people and hamper their freedom. All that the military class did 
mean for Germany it might come to mean for America. Furthermore, 
it would encourage the development of a barbarous fighting spirit 
among the poijulace, and we would find ourselves ere long both seek- 
ing and finding a quarrel. It is impossible to train a nation for war 
and the people of that nation not become fired with a desire for war. 
If we attempt to make Americans over the Hun program they will 
become Huns. 

A great military machine such as would be built up would con- 
stantly suggest to American youth of the growing generation that 
we still depend more on might than on right, and that we still con- 
sider might superior. Our boasted victory of right over might would 
seem like a myth to them. And how could We convince them other- 
wise when constantly displaying a fear that the right might _bQ. 
crushed and needed a strong sword to defend it. 



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Moreover, our continual preparation for war would give tlie lie 
to our professed desire for peace. In the days of the Kaiser's glory 
no great weight was attached to his peace talk when with drawn 
sword he was commanding every German to prepare for world con- 
quest. It is not becoming of sincerity to preach one thing and prac- 
tice another. If we sincerely desire peace we must prepare for it 
with a faith in other nations equal to that of which we consider our- 
selves worthy. If we are not sincere, but only seeking to play the 
double role, in whipping Germany wo have only whipped one of our 
own kind and the war was fought in vain. The more we train men 
for war the more will we build ships and guns and all manner of 
engines of war, and the more we do that the more will other nations 
do the same thing. The more universal training for war becomes the 
farther into the future is placed the day of universal peace and the 
longer delayed the day when nations shall beat their swords into 
plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. 

One thought more that comes very close to the- life of the church. 
Universal military training would impede the great work of evan- 
gelizing and Christianizing the world. The minds of needy Christ- 
less people would be quickly prejudiced against a nation that trained 
all its men for some possible war. They would not readily receive 
a religion that permitted of such war-like activities and silent threats. 
And nioveovor, militarism would not encourage on the part of those 
practicing it any great and widespread willingness to preach the gos- 
pel of peace to the lauds lying in darkness and sin. Militarism is 
itself of the kingdom of darkness and would not inspire a movement 
against itself. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Intro- 
duce militarism and you quench the desire for the spread of a mes- 
sage of peace, for the spirit and love of peace will be crowded out. 
But introduce the message of peace and militarism will stay out. 

Use your influence by petitioning in behalf of churches, Sunday 
schools and various public assemblies, as well as individually, your 
representative and senators in Congress, that they oppose universal 
military training as a permanent policy of our government. This is 
your privilege and duty. 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 



There are two things quite popular just now among the churches, 
namely, going over the top on the College endowment proposition 
and putting the Evangelist into every Brethren home. 

Brother Eeed reports the royal reception extended by the First 
church of Los Angeles to their new pastor. Brother N. W. Jennings. 
Notice also that the good people at that place did not forget in the 
midst of their enjoyments the war-stricken Christians of Armenia 
and Syria. 

Brother Leatherman reports that he is up against a stiff proposi- 
tion in Eipon, California, but he has the courage to face the task 
with determination and confidence in God that the Brethren cause 
shall eventually win out there. 

A sergeant of a regiment came up to an Army Scripture Reader 
'on the field and said, ' ' I know what you are. " " Oh, sergeant, ' ' re- 
plied the reader, "and what am I?" "You are a range-finder for 
heaven, ' ' was the brief reply. — Christian Age. 

Sister Mary Pence writes this week from Limestone, Tennessee. 
iShe tells the same story of " flu " hindrances, but in common with the 
ispirit of practically all of our leaders she is eager to get back into 
.the work with unhindered liberty. In the meantime, the White Gift 
loffering is not being forgotten. 

The church at Falls City, Nebraska, has had perhaps the most 
■disastrous visitation of the epidemic of any of the churches yet re- 
ported. But in the midst of their sadness the people and pastor are 
trustful in God and hopeful that all will finally work out for 
good to them that love the Lord. 

College Corners is heard from through it's live pastor, Brother 
Anderson, who is proud to be able to say that both his churches are 
loyal and wide-awake. College Corners went over the top on the En- 
dowment proposition, and we are expecting to learn at any time that 
the Evangelistic Honor Roll has been gained. 

The work at Hagerstown under the wise leadership of Brother 
Cover is making advances in spite of some interruptions. Two acces- 



sions to the church were realized during the preparatory, services for 
the communion. Judging from the good offerings to missions, we 
judge that the people have not been without instruction along this 
line. 

The " flu " has made interruptions in the work at Linwood, 
Maryland as elsewhere, but the people there are recovering from it 
under the efficient leader.ship of Brother Riddle. Perhaps his faithful 
ministrations to the sick during the epidemic helped to keep the 
interest alive in his people. That his people love him is shown by 
their generous gifts for the comfort of him and his. 

Prof. J. A. Garber preached a fine sermon on "Practical Chris- 
tianity ' ' in the College chapel on Sunday morning. Brother Gnagey 
Editor of Sunday School Publications, preached in the Methodist 
Episcopal church of Ashland, Sunday evening, the pastor being sick. 
President Furrj' preached in the Congregational church morning and 
evening and Dean Miller pVeaehed at the Kittman mission. 

The White Gifts are still coming in, and the largest yet is re- 
ported this week. It comes from the Conemaugh church. Brother 
Smith's people seem to have the habit of doing things on a big scale. 
It would be a fine thing if all of our churches would catch the Cone- 
maugh spirit and way of doing things. See the amount in Brother 
Trent 's report among the ' ' News, ' ' it was crowded out of the Sun- 
day school page this week. 

Let every isolated member send an offering to Brother Herman 
E. Eoseoe, Goshen, Indiana, for the support of the superannuated min- 
isters. And every other Brethren should do his or her part when 
their church takes the offering for Benevolences on February 9th. 
Churches that find it inconvenient to receive this offering on the 
Sunday set for that purpose should take care of the matter on the 
very first Sunday possible thereafter. 

Indiana is still being heard from on the College endowment prop- 
osition. Some of the smaller churches were recently visited by Broth- 
er Beaohler and generally he finds they are anxious to do their bit. 
Some of the small churches, especially the mission points, are able to 
teach the big "established" churches some things about giving. 

Brother Lyon comes to the readers of the Evangelist with a re- 
port, an appeal and an outlook. He reports that the Washington 
church has made such splendid advancement that their present build- 
ing is inadequate. He asks for individuals to covenant to pray defin- 
itely and regularly that God will "touch hearts." And he looks for- 
ward to a new church building, possibly a memorial, that will enable 
the work to go forward unhampered. The editor wishes to be counted 
among those who will pray definitely for advancement of the Wash- 
ington work and the touching of hearts by the finger of God. 

Our little African missionary. Marguerite Gribble through the mind 
and hand of her mother, gives us an interesting account of an ex- 
perience common to missionaries, that of "waiting for boats" and 
of God's answer to prayer. From the letter we learn that the Gribble 
party is still waiting at Brazzaville in French Equatorial Africa, and 
have had some sickness. The "flu" is some traveler to have followed 
them all the way to Africa. Let us pray that they may be given 
health and strength, and soon may be guided triumphantly into 
Ubangi-Shari-Chad their desired destination. 

By the way, was that Thanksgiving offering ever taken? I know 
you, some of you, were unable to take it at Thanksgiving time be- 
cause of the "flu" epidemic. But you know the Thanksgiving season 
has been extended this year so that all might have opportunity to 
get in on the Home Mission offering. And it is quite important that 
every church does it's share in order that the Home Board shall be 
able to carry out it's plans witnout embarrassment. You may have 
just neglected taking your offering, or it may not have seemed con- 
venient. But whatever the reason for delay, the fact remains that the 
offerings of some, yes many of the churches have not reached Brother 
Orion E. Bowman of Dayton. People who are "slow pay," no mat- 
ter how good their intentions, cause terrible embarrassment some- 
times. Don't delay, but "do it now." For further reminder see 
Brother Carpenter's "Home Mission Notes," 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM PAGE 

Conducted by Charles A. Bame 



Benevolences Is Now the Issue Before Us 



From the Benevolence Director 

Hhe American people during the last few years have 
iWb'lj responded to the support of young men who have glad- 
ly gone out to fight the battles of the nation. They have 
been fighting for noble ideals and purposes. We have tried 
to give them every comfort possible whether in camp, at 
home or over the seas. The American people will see that 
they do not come to want in years to come. But while we 
have given the young their full share of our means the 
Ameiican people have not forgotten the men who years ago 
gave their strength of amnhood for the nation. I refer to 
the veterans of the Civil AVar. A sufficient pension is pro- 
vided for them. They will be provided for as long as they 
live. 

The JJrethren church is providing for its active pastors 
with salaries at least sufficient for their living. Nor will the 
church ever fail to provide for their active men. But are 
we doing our best for the men who fought the battle of the 
church in other years? What about the veterans of the 
Cross? They gave the best of their lives for our beloved 
church. We rejoice in the fact that they had the courage 
to stand foi- theii' convictions in a day vdien it would have 
been much easier to have compromised. They believed so 
much in the great fundamentals of our church and the Word 
>of God that they were willing to suffer for it, not in body 
Ibut in wholly inadequate salaries. Today they are unable to 
(Earn a living. Have you, brother, seriously thought of how 
small a pittance we ai'e giving them? How far does fifteen 
dollars a month go toward providing them with a living, 
especially Avhen some of them are maintaining their own 
homes? Shall we be less loyal to veterans of the Cross than 
to veterans of the nation ? The nation provides a home f oi' 
its soldiers. In this home every comfort is given them. We 
do. not even provide a home for them. Nor do we pay them 
enough to be cared for in other homes. They must be de- 
pendent upon their children and friends. Is it not time for 
the church to face this disgrace and adequately recompense 
these men? 

As now provided for by National Conference the Board 
of Benevolences can only hope to pay fifteen dollars per 
month. Even this can not be done unless there is a most 
generous contrilmtion by the church. The Board only asks 
for a gift equal to ten cents per member in j^our congrega- 
tion. This will enable you to meet the demands of the Four 
Year Program. Meet this demand, but above it see the 
need of these men and graciously give until a larger monthly 
allowance can be given them. Make glad the hearts of our 
superannuates by saying, with larger gifts, "Give them 
more. ' ' 

Do j'ou realize that if one of these men needed a suit 
' of clothes it Avould take at least two months' allowance to 
buy it; that it would take a half-month's allowance to buy 
, a pair of shoes ; that during the winter season it Avould take 
.nearly half the alloM'ance for one ton of coal per month; 
ithat if our brother still maintains a home, he and his good 
wife could not po.ssibly live on the allowance. Give this call 
a few minutes consideration. We are sure you will enlarge 
your gifts. 

Brother pastor, now is the time for you to make an ear- 
nest and insistent plea to j'our people. Will churches this 
year, as they did last year, blame their pastors for not pre- 
senting this call to them? Not only must we present this 
call but in some way bring the church to a noble response. 
If this call has been provided for in your budget insist that 
it be sent in now. Notices are now or soon will be in the 
hands of every pastor. Make the announcement next Sun- 
day. We beseech of you to feel the responsibility God places 



upon you and honor God with a liberal gift. Above honor- 
ing the Board and reaching the Four Year Program make 
gifts that will be an honor to the God whose you are and 
whom you serve. 

Send all money to Herman E. Roscoe, Goshen, Indiana. 
Mr. Roscoe is a layman, a cashier in a well known bank. 
Your money Avill be properly credited and cared for. His 
appeal on this page reveals to you his hope for the church 
and spirit of willnig service to the Master. 

Date February 9th. Superannuated fund. At least a sum 
equal to ten cents per member in your chiu«h. 
H. H. WOLFOED, 

An Appeal for Benevolences 

Sunday, February 9th, the members of the Brethren 
church agaui will be given an opportunity, which should be 
considered a great privilege, to contribute of their means 
to the support of the superaiuiuated ministers. We have 
quite a number of pioneer preachers of the faith who have 
served their time in the building up of the church of Jesus 
Christ and have performed their tasks Avith honor to God 
but with A'cry little profit to themselves, as the world counts 
profit. So we find them in the evening of life with little or 
no means of support for themselves or families, and it is to 
this matter that we find it necessary to lend our efforts at 
this time. 

The writer notes with much pride the new spirit that is 
being manifested among the brethren at our National con- 
ferences in regards to the perfecting of a church program 
that is worthy of our best efforts. We are growing and 
as we grow Ave must make room for still greater groAvth. 
We are co-ordinating and co-operating in a spirit never be- 
fore seen, and this must be a source of great satisfaction to 
both the leadership and the laity. We are engaged in a 
mighty effort to endoAv our college at Ashland and Ave Avill 
succeed beyond our hopes. The results already obtained in 
many Avays from the inspiration of the Four "i'ear Program 
are encouraging, and Ave have just started. We have CA^ery 
reason to expect from it all tlrat Avas hoped for. 

It appears to the Avriter that Ave should have created a 
foundation or fund Avhich avouIcI take care of our pastors 
Avho have sei'ved faithfully but Avho haA-e ncA-er had salary 
sufficient to enable them to save for the day of old age and 
inactivity. This idea surely must appeal to all of us, espe- 
cially to progressive pastors and laymen, as a part of our 
program for the future. Surely it fits in Avell Avith our pres- 
ent sx)lendid program of advancement. 

But until Ave reach this ideal Ave must do the Avork at 
hand by f oUoAving out our custom of taking a yearly offering. 
Our Four Year Program calls for an offering of 10 cents 
per member. This seems like a very small sum in tliis day 
Avhen Ave are giving in such large amounts to other benevo- 
lent institutions, but Ave shall do Avell to reach the goal in 
each and cA-ery church. To those A\ho find themselves unu- 
sually blessed Avith the material things of tliis life, know 
Avhat it is to have all the necessaries and comforts and are 
filled with the spirit of our Master, Avho taught us the bless- 
ing of giving rather than of receiving, Ave Avould say, re- 
member in a large Avay these faithful needy men of the 
superannuated class. If Ave give in a maimer in keeping 
Avith our circumtsances Ave shall at least do credit to our- 
selves by this effort to shoAv our gratitude to those who are 
depending so much on us for their material support. Let 
us make oui- 1919 offering the largest in the history of our 
organization. 

H. E. ROSCOE, 
National Secretary, Board of Benevolences. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



The Word of God In Evangelism By Dean j. Alien Miiier, p. p. 



The theme under discussion is at once among the most 
important that can engage our attention. It relates two 
fundamental concepts of our Christian religion into one tre- 
mendous proposition. The Word of God as committed to the 
church is a divine deposit, an entrustment, a -will to be exe- 
cuted. Evangelism is a divinely imi^osed function of the 
Christian ministry in particular. The two are inseparably 
connected. The Word of God can not be presented in its 
power and in its winsome attractiveness apart from its es- 
sential character as an evangel. Neither can evangelism do 
its effective service for Christ and humanity apart from its 
own dynamic which must always remain the Word of God. 
The New Testament evangelist thei'efore has no choice 
either as to the character of the message he is to bear or as 
to the specific tasks assigned him by his Master. To fail in 
either aspect is to fail in the work of an evangelist. It is 
therefore worth our while to study the subject under con- 
sideration seriously. 

In the first place then let us consider britfly the impor- 
tance attached to the work of an evangelist. Some very sim- 
ple gospel teachings lie at the basis of this work. God re- 
vealed his will to men through Jesus Christ. Men ai'e sin- 
ners and as such are lost. Lost sinners need salvation. This 
salvation is provided in a most wonderful and gracious way 
by God through the Lord Jesus Christ, ilen are weak and 
prone to err and they need divine guidance and divine en- 
lightenment. This guidance and enlightenment is freely 
bestowed upon all true believers in the gift of the Holy 
Spirit. The life of the Christian becomes meaningful and 
pui'poseful. In the present life he shares the heavenly 
Father's goodness and love and in the life to come he is the 
rcipient of blessedness, power and peace. There is hope for 
the hopeless ; there is strength for the helpless ; there is power 
power for weakness; and there is victory and life's goal 
realized potentially in every believer in Jesus Christ. The 
Evangelists must never forget that their message is primar- 
ily a message of love and hope, of life and happiness. It is 
a message of good news from the heavenly Father to his lost 
and erring children. 

Let us look also for a moment at the objectives the 
evangelist has set before him. These objectives the Word of 
God itself sets forth. They are not of the man's OAvn choos- 
ing. If he seeks the blessing of God upon his work he must 
strive to realize these objectives. He must hold them upper- 
most in his prayer, in his sermon, in his personal efforts and 
in his testimony to his Lord. What aj-e these objectives? 
They are mainly tAvo. All else is subservient or included 
under these two. First, the evangelist's primary objective 
is the Avinning of souls to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is Lord 
of all men as Avell as their Savior. It is the evangelist's su- 
preme endeavor to bring men to an open confession of Jesus 
Christ as their Lord and Savior. He seeks to Avin men from 
their sins and to commit them definitely and positively and 
for all time to the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus he builds up the 
church numerically. There is a second objective, and it is 
scarcely less important than the first. It is to edify the 
church. The church needs again and again to be called back 
to an appreciation and an appraisal of its obligations to- its 
divine Lord. The church is constantly in danger of lapsing 
into indifference; of neglecting to care for the most vital 
interests committed to her; of grooving insensitive to the 
will of God. The CA'angelist is needed in every congrega- 
tion of believers to aroiise, to enthuse and to empoAver aneAv 
every member for service. 

Having thus very briefly set forth the importance of the 
evangelist's Avork and the main objectives for Avhieh he 
strives let us consider his message. It is here that we shall 
see the vital connection of evangelism with the Word of 



God. For the sake of clearness let us briefly note the dom- 
inant characteristics of an cA'angelist's Avork and of his ser- 
mon. 

1. The Avork of an evangelist can not be done apart= 
from the constant use of the Word of God. I refer here to 
Ills personal A\'ork among the people ; that Avork Avhich the ' 
successful evangelist does outside the pulpit. In dealing 
with the problems of men and A^•omen the Bible must be his 
constant appeal of authority and Avisdom. The best hand-' 
l)oolv ever yet compiled for personal Avork is the gospel it- 
self. The evangelist must knoAv his Book as Avell as his man.- 
And as he must deal fairlj' and sincerely Avith the man to 
Avin him so he must Avith the Book to experience its poAver 
as an effective Aveapon in his hand. 

2. The evangelist's message from the pulpit must have 
a note of authority and finality as of God. He has no right 
to deal in glittering generalities when discussing the eternal 
issues of the souls of men. Neither has he any right to sub- 
stitute for the positive authority of the Word of God on the 
issue of life and the destinies of men's souls mere human 
opinions and soft and sDiooth inA'entions of men. The 
Word of God says. Men are sinners. It says, Except a man 
))e born again he can not see the kingdom of God. It says. 
There is sah'ation in none other than in Jesi;s Christ. It 
says. The blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanses from all 
sin. These and other such teachings essential and funda- 
mental liaA-e the tone of finality and absolute diAdne author- 
ity back of them. Only the Word of God can give the CA^an- 
gelist a message that will compel attention because it is 
authoritative. 

3. The message of the evangelist must center in Jesus 
Christ and his redeeming acts. Practically all Ave Ijuoav of 
the person and the Avork of Jesus Christ Ave learn from tlie 
gospel and the rest of the Nbav Testament. No man has an 
eA^angel Avithout Christ. The A\-orld has no Avord of hope 
except in Christ. Christ must be central in every sermon 
that AA^ould Avin men to him. Too many sermons are bai'- 
ren, — yes, too many meetings as a Avhole are barren, — be- 
cause Jesus Christ instead of overshadoAving all is himself 
overshadoAved by some puny human self. Then as to the 
woi'k of Jesus, his life and its teachings, his sacrificial death 
and burial, his resurrection and ascension — these are ever' 
first in the message that Avould really Avin a man to salva- 
tion and the neAv life. But the only source AAdienee our full 
knoAvledge and meaning of them is to be draAvn is the Word 
of God. An evangelist just can not be an evangelist in the 
New Testament sense and not preach a full gospel. 

4. The message of an evangelist must be one of good 
ncAvs. The only good ncAvs he is called upon to proclaim 
is to dying and sinful men. And Avhat such men need most 
of all is a message of hope and pardon, of a neAv life and a 
ncAv chance to make good for God. Pardon for sin is one 
A'ery essential element in this message. Hope to retrieve a 
misspent past life is another element. PoAver to keep one 
from failing and falling having once been recovered by 
God's grace is needed. Well, just to put it in a Avord, the 
evangelist's message of "good ncAvs" is the good Word of 
God itself. He can not preach AAnthout it. He has no good 
Avord Avithout it. 

5. Finally the evangelist's message must be one that 
inspires to righteous endeaA'or. He calls men to salvation, 
that is, perfect soundness, AAiioleness, completeness of life, 
He calls men to a life of high endeavor and holy motive, 
He insists that peace and blessedness AAdll ensue upon a gen- 
uine obedience to God's Avill. To enforce all this his conr 
stant appeal must be to the Word of God. The Word of 
God must become a living, throbbing, impelling force in 
every ncAv life begotten of the Holy Spirit through an evan- 



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gelist's appeal. How can he make the appeal and vitalize 
it apart from the living Word? How can a man be dra-mi 
from his old and too often satisfactory ways of living to a 
new and self-sacrificing way without a sufficiently strong^ 
and impelling motive ? And how can a long life and life en- 
deavor be sustained, often undei' most trying and difficult 
and even painfully self-sacrificing conditions, without divine 
help and renewal? To all such questions there can be but 
one reply. It is that apart from the power of the living 
Spirit of God in the life and the living Word of God to 
instruct and inspire, earth can afford no adequate motive 
for living, to say nothing of supplying a motive for self- 
sacrificing surrender in arduous service of others. 

And so the present writer concludes that apart from 



the Word of God there can be no evangelism. An evan- 
gelist has no message apart from that drawn from the Word. 
He is like a soldier disarmed when he loses the Word of 
(jrod. And how unequal the fight with the Hunninsh forces 
of evil when the edge of his sword is turned! The sword 
of the Spirit is yet the Word of the living God. And this 
sword is yet two-edged and sharp disclosing not only the 
thoughts of men but the will of God. 

May Brethren evangelists be noted for their powerful 
gospel preaching. May they sincerely honor the Word of 
God in their life, their work, and their preaching so that 
God may honor them with their proper rewards. 

The Word of God and evangelism stand inextricably 
bound together. 



What Will the Realization of Goal Six Mean to the Brethren Church? 

By Wm. H. Beachler, Director of Goals Six and Eight 



Goal six has been called the "Recruit Goal." It calls 
for an increase of seventy-five in our ministry and mission- 
ary force by 1920. I am asking that we shall think what 
the realization of this goal will mean to the Brethren church. 
In the statement of my subject I am assuming that its reali- 
zation is a certainty. 

Seventy-five new recruits to our ministry and mission- 
ary force in foiir years •will mean first, that the Brethren 
church has given proof of her spirituality and consecration. 
Only spiritual, consecrated denominations are yielding forth 
workers for definite service for Christ in anything like a com- 
mendable degree. Second, it will mean that our list of pas- 
torless churches which is distressingly large will be mate- 
rially reduced. Third, it will nnean Avorkers ready at hand 
to enter fields in the home land which are ripe and beck- 
oning to the Brethren church. And forth, it will mean that 
we as a church will have the necessary workers to enable us 
to more fully assume our part in the great work of world- 
wide evangelization. These are some of the outstanding re- 
sults which will follow the realization of goal six. Surely 
there is inspiration in the contemplation of such results! 
They are results really worth while. 

Up to this time I have been assuming that we are sure 
to gain this goal. But, en the other hand, suppose we do not 
realize it. then what? Are we to then and there conclude 
that that part of the Four Year Program was a failure? Now, 
then, notwithstanding what I have already said, I am going 
to say frankly here and now that I have serious doubts if 
we will realize goal six. True, the final results may show 
that my doubts were unfounded (I sincerely hope they may 
be). Nor do I mean as General Director of this goal that be- 
cause I may have some fears in the matter any man who is 
at all responsible for the success of this goal shall in any 
way slacken his efforts; by no means. 

But suppose we do fail (and I am not looking for a soft 
place to light) I shall by no means consider that particular 
part of the Program a failure in the strictest, largest sense. 
I maintain that something which will have held the attention 
of the leadership of the church constantly to the thought of 
recruits to our ministry for four years is bound to produce 
results, if not now, then later, and connot therefore be con- 
sidered a failure. If we only enlist thirty of the seventy-five 
I shall still feel that goal six has accomplished a great pur- 
pose. I have no doubt at all that in the many years to come 
young people will find their way into definite service for 
Chri^-t and the church as a result of goal six in our Four Year 
Program. 

Hence I consider that we have every inducement to go 
forward and do our very best in the interest of goal six. 
Fir if indeed we might not reap as much from oiu" labor by 
1920 as we desire, yet we may have the f ul^ assiirance that 
we will reap ultimately. 

For the rest of the time let us consider the field from 
which these recruits are to come and some of the agencies 



Avhich A\ill have, or ought to have a part in the work of en- 
listment. From where are these recruits to come ? Not from 
the skies. No, they are on earth right now. They are real, 
live young men and women, and for the most part they are 
in Brethren Sundaj^ schools and Christian Endeavor socie- 
ties. And while I am not overlooking the important respon- 
sibility which rests upon Christian parents and pastors in 
this connection, yet I must feel that our Sunday schools 
and Christian Endeavor societies hold a peculiarly strategic 
place in determining whether or not these prospective re- 
cruits will find their place in the definite service of our Lord 
and King. 

And as Director of the "Recruit Goal" I want to urge 
upon all of our societies that they make the "Recruit Goal" 
truly their goal, and that they use Ashland College Night 
to the fullest possible extent in getting young people to en- 
list definitely for the ministry or missionary work. This, it 
seems to me, will be putting Ashland College Night to the 
highest possible use. 

In instances where churches have no Endeavor societies 
why could not our Sunday schools observe Ashland College 
day in their session of February 9th and at that service why 
could not pastors or superintendents give opportunity to 
young people to enlist in definite Christian service? May 
I urge this upon the serious consideration of our pastors 
and superintendents in such churches as have no Endeavor 
societies. Surely if this matter is approached prayerfully 
and carefully by our Sunday schools and Christian Endeavor 
societies on February 9th, much can be done toward real- 
izing goal six, and promoting the kingdom of heaven. May 
it be so. 



One way to make your church prosperous and to help 
all the goals in the our Year Program is to see that your 
church is a praying church. Prosperity in church work is 
inseparably connected with prayer and the very life and 
growth of the church is dependent iipon prayer. It is writ- 
ten, "My hou^e shall be called a house of prayer." We must 
never lose faith in prayer. We must never abandon prayer. 
We must never lose the spirit of prayer. A church, can get 
on for a considerable time without singing, and can go on 
indefinitely with indifferent singing. A church may do well 
with poor preaching, and even without preaching of any 
kind. But a church without prayer is no church at all. We 
might as well expect a man to live without breathing as to 
expect a church to live without praying. Pray for the min- 
ister. Pray for the sick and afflicted. Pray for the children. 
Pray for the lost. Pray for the community. Pray for one 
another. Pray ye the Lord of the harvest that he may send 
forth laborers into his harvest. Pray without ceasing. 
Pray e^'cry where. Let the church be characterized by pray- 
er, filled with the atmosphere of prayer, and crowded with 
the trophies of prayer. 



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What If Germany Had Won? 

By J. L. Gillin, Ph.D. 



Did you ever stop to think what would have been the 
effect on our religious thinking, if CTermany had won in the 
war? It is well within the range of possibility that she 
might have done so. When one thinks of the situation in 
France last July, it is not hai'd to think that she might have 
conquered. A man told me only a few days ago that just 
before the American army got into the fight in France some 
of the allied commanders had a conference at which General 
Pershing was present. At that meeting it was seriously dis- 
cussed whether the allied commanders should not give up 
the fight. The decision to keep up the fight, according to 
the story, Avas due to the pleadings of Gfenei'al Pershing who 
urged that the American people would not understand the 
matter if they threw up the sponge "without giving our boys 
a chance to show what thej' could do.' 

Now, suppose that the Germans had won. Suppose that 
today France and England were prosti'ate before the victor- 
ious hosts of Germany. Suppose that Germany had Paris 
and London within their power ; had. captured our armies 
over there ; and had arrogantly imposed heavy indemnities 
upon the conquered after visiting every insult upon them. 
Might has now triumphed over right. The ideals 
of justice for the weak and pity for age and sex have 
been flmig to the winds of lust and rapine. Arrogance has 
now flung down into the dust the gentleness of humility 
and love. A nation which has spurned every counsel of 
righteousness for the counsel of selfishness. Avhich has 
trampled every law of man and God beneath its feet, and 
which has outraged every decency achieved tlirough the 
struggles of the countless ages of human history, has won 
its own bruital and merciless M'ay. It stands unchallenged. 
Its God is the merciless and unChristian god of blood and 
iron. What would we now he saying about the justice of 
God who permits such things? What effect would such a 
victory liave had upon our sense of eternal fitness of things? 

Well, fortunately for us, had such a thing happened, 
in the Book which has preserved for us the record of God's 
dealings with people in former centuries we have told us 
how God's iDeojjle reacted to just such a situation. That 
was what happened in the days of the Babylonian exile of 
the Hebrews. 

Few of us have ever appreciated Avhat a crisis that exile 
brought to the Hebrews. It certainly was a very severe 
test of their faith in a just God. How could they reconcile 
the fact of exile from Jehovah's land and temple with a 
belief that tlieir God was a loving and just God. Were they 
not Jehovah's chosen people? Had there not been numer- 
ous signs that they were the objects of his special care? Had 
Jehovah not driven out the inhabitants of Canaan before 
them in order that they might have a land for Jehovah? 
Had not Jeliovah revealed his will to them alone of all the 
peoples of the earth? 

Moreover, in spite of the fact that the prophets told 
them that their land was destroyed because of their own sins 
against Jehovah, was it not true that with all their sins 
they were a better people than the Chaldeans and the Baby- 
lonians who were oppressing them? (Hab. 1:13). How could 
a ju.st God permit a brutal, merciless and uneireumcised peo- 
ple, who were strangers to the covenants and alien to the 
promises of Jehovah, to punish them who with all their 
faults were still Jehovah's special people? With all their 
sins were they not more righteous than the Babylonians? 
How could their God be just if he permitted the Babylonians 
to devastate tlieir land — these Babylonians who dashed little 
children against the stones and violated the women, and de- 
stroyed Jehovah's own house? 

These and many other questions did arise in the hearts 
of those Hebi-ews who thought at all about the matter. 
Doubtless that explains AA'liy so many of those who were car- 
ried away into captivity renounced their faith in Jehovah, 
like the contemporaries of Jeremiah who went down into 



Egypt and worshipped the Queen of Heaven (Jer. 44:15-19). 
No wonder Ezekiel had such great difficulty in keeping up 
the courage of those who wei'e carried with him to Babylon. 
No wonder that only a "remnant" were faithful and came 
back to the Land of Promise. 

In our case we shall have no difficulty in reconciling the 
outcome of the war with the conception of a just God who 
rules in history. But, had we been defeated while fighting 
unselfishly in the cause of righteousness, what answer could 
M'e liaA'e made to our OAvn questionings, or the inquiry of our 
taunter.s: "Where is thy God?" Would we have had the 
prophets who could have given adequate answer to that 
question in the day of defeat? The greatness of the prophets 
of Israel lay in the fact that they once and for all time gave 
an ansAA'er to that hard question which not only was based 
on the facts of sin, but on the assumption that God is a 
God of justice. Israel had been guilty of social injustice. 
The rich had oppressed the poor; the noble, the peasant; 
the favored forgot to sympathize with the unfortunate ; and 
men preyed upon their less fortunate brethren. Social in- 
justice had cleft asunder the body of the nation. There was 
no bond of sympathy holding them together as one social 
unit, every part of which was in lively sympathy with every 
other part. While Babylon was also guilty of such things, 
Israel was the guiltier because she had been the recipient of 
God's special revelations through the law-givers and the 
prophets. To her more had been given, therefore, of her was 
more required. 

The ancient answer has significance for us today. Let 
us see to it that in this land of liberty aiid democracy the 
church of Jesiis makes that liberty and democracy instinct 
with the spirit of the prophets and of Jesus. For be ad- 
vised that the slogan of the Bolsheviki of Russia is also 
liberty and democracy. The church will utterly fail in its 
opportunity if it fails to see to it that the ideals that have 
A\'on out in this war are permeated through and through 
with the spirit that was in Christ Jesus. 

If the outcome of this war makes us feel satisfied v/ith 
ourselves and with our social i-ighteousness, God pity us. The 
Chaldeans and Babylonians made that very mistake. The 
Rabshakeh whom Sennacherib sent to take Jerusalem said, 
"And am I come up without Jehovah against this land 
to destroy it? Jehovah said unto me, Go up against this 
land, and destroy it." That was true, but he forgot that 
the God of righteousness would require at his hands the 
punishment for the sins of his own people in due time. If 
we come out of this war with the feeling that God has no 
fault to find vnith us as a people, simply because we won 
against Germany, let us be warned by the answer of the 
Hebrew prophets. 



FORGOTTEN? OR IGNORED? 

I mean, is the veteran of oui' religious warfare forgot- 
ten that he is left to subsist as best he can, sometimes de- 
pending on the charity of friends and neighbors? Or is he 
simply ignored. Out of kindness we endeavor to believe the 
former. But oh, how long drawn out is the forgetfulness 
of the Brethern church. We have waited so long to show 
any AA-orthy evidence of gratitude for the aged minister that 
many of them have gone beyond the need of our help. But 
there are still a number left amongst us. Their heaven- 
turned faces and scars of many battles and victories are 
sources of inspiration to us who are still in the van of the 
battle. The fruit of their toil is all about us, we are daily 
feeding upon it. And yet we forget their simple needs 
Avhen they gave their all to make possible Avhat we now en- 
joy. I Avoiild not be so rude as to say we have purposely 
neglected them, but they have been neglected even though 
thoughtlessly. And the consequences are the same, 



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THE BRETHREN PULPIT 

For This Is Right SyJ.L. Klmmel 

Text, Ephes/ans 6:1 



In the first verse of this most wonderful chapter of this 
most ■^^'onclerful book, the great apostle to the Gentiles lays 
clown in one word the law of human conduct — right. It is 
almost beyond our compi'ehension to think that all nations 
and tribes with their diiferent languages, dialects and idioms 
could be governed by one single word — right. 

But this word expresses a truth, not of humaii origin, 
but an immutal)le law. It has come to us from God, brought 
out of the very depths of eternity. It has therefore, become 
an innate principle, planted by God into the very soul of 
man. It would not be absolutely necessary to have it writ- 
ten in the Bible, for the barbarian recognizes it, as M^ell as 
the Christian. If, for illustration, a strong man should strike 
and abuse an innocent little child, every one would condemn 
the man, and say it w'as not right for him to abuse the 
child. If, therefore, this law of right, is the declared will 
of God, where must we look for it? It is partially exi^ressed 
in nature, more fully I'e^^'ealed at Sinai and completely 
taught by Jesus Christ the Lord. 

As the standai'd of time is the sun and the standard of 
color is the rainbow, and the standard of measurement is the 
star, so the standard of human conduct is Jesus Christ the 
Son of God. His life was perfection, never did he do wrong. 
His life was righteousness personified, never did he sin. Hi.s- 
life was God incarnate, never did he make a mistake. He 
taught, but his teaching excelled that of every other teach- 
er. He spake, but he spake as never man spake. He suf- 
fered, bi^t by his suffering he convinced his enemies that he 
was God incarnate. He died but his death was a triumph 
and a conquest, and from that day to this men have stood 
and looked with amazement upon the life and death of him, 
who is called the Christ. 

If we intend to do right therefore, ^ve must discriminate 
between right and wrong, between good and evil, between 
God and Satan. In order that we may do right, we must 
know what is riglit, and then do it — do it at all hazards, do 
it at any cost; sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish 
we must do it, because triith is immortal and will prevail. 
But men are too willing to do right only when it is conven- 
ient, when it does not cost anything. They are too apt to put 
convenience and self interest first and make right a second- 
ary matter. 

But how do we know when a thing is right or wrong? 
My answer is, go to the standard of truth, God's Word, 
and you shall know. A.sk yourself the question, "What 
would Jesus do?" Talk it over with him, and you shall 
know. No, you need not go to Ella Wheeler Wilcox, or to 
the Cosmopolitan, or the "ouija board" — God forbid that 
any of our ministers should for one moment consider such 
erroneoiis doctrines. There is but one standard of truth 
and that is God's Word. 

When Peter and John were brought before the great 
Jewish Sanhedrin for healing the cripple at the temple gate, 
they were instructed not to preach any longer in the name 
of Jesus, and they might enjoy their libertj^ But these 
men of God replied, "AATiether it be right in the sight of 
God to hearken unto you, rather than unto God, judge ye." 
With these men of God the question was, "Is it right," not 
"What will happen to us? Will we get our liberty or will 
we have to remain in prison — but is it right in the sight of 
God? Is it right to get from three to five dollars a day for 
your work, every day of the week, and then go to the house 
of the Lord on Siinday morning and give a penny to the 
cause upon which the salvation of the world depends? Is it 
right to .'^ell your wheat for two dollars and twenty cents per 
bushel and your eggs for sixty cents per dozen, then stay at 
home on Sunday morning, and not even give the Chi'ist who 



died for you a red copper, when you should be giving him 
dollai's and praising his holy name besides? Will you let a 
good man speak to you for a few minutes as to what is right? 
"The statutes of the Lord ai'c right, rejoicing the heart; the 
commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes ; the 
fear of the Lord is clean enduring for ever; the judgments 
of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be 
desired are they than gold, yea than much fine gold ; sweet, 
er also than honey and the honeycomlD. Moreover by them 
is thy servant warned and in keeping of them there is great 
reward. 

Is it right to reject the Christ, who died for your sins, 
all youi' life and expect to go to heaven and walk upon 
golden streets when you die? The greatest sin of all the sins 
of all the ages, is the rejection of the Son of God, the Savior 
of the worlcl. 0, the ingratitude of the human heart. 
how men will warp their consciences, dull their moral sen- 
sibilities and cripple their usefulness, because they are not 
willing to even consider the right. 

My friend is your conduct right? Is your relation with 
God right? Is it right for you to withhold from God your 
time, your talents, your life, when Christ has so much need 
of all these? 

What this old world needs is more conscience — more 
conscience in the pulpit, more conscience in the pew, more 
conscience in politics, more conscience in business, more con- 
science in the store, more cojiscience in the shop, more con- 
science in the kitchen, more conscience in the parlor, more 
conscience on the farm. Oh, for a quickened religious con- 
science, that will compel a man to walk a mile to pay another 
a penny rather than not pay him at' all. Germany lost her 
conscience and the collapse came. She said the judgment 
day will ask no questions, but the judgment day is already 
asking more questions than Germany is aljle to answer. Bet- 
ter look out for the judgment day for it will surely come. 
Better do the right and do it now and a great reward will 
be in store for jou. 

Let Tis be honest for a single moment, and ask ourselves 
the question, "Would it be right for God to reward us with 
the reward of the righteous .when we come to the end of. 
life, take us to heaven, give us mansions to IIa'c in and a 
throne to sit upon, when we have never been willing to do 
right here? Would it be right to expect our Lord to 

"Carry us to the skies 

On flowery beds of ease 
While others fought to win the prize 

And sailed through bloody seas?" 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 

The Christian's Love for Souls 

By R. Paul Miller 

What a profound lesson for every Christian soul! Yet 
how sadly neglected ! How seldom observed in life ! How 
freely have we Christians imbibed of the spirit of the world 
which says, "Love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy." 
How we love those who love us, and dislike those who dislike 
us! 

How often have I retreated to my study after a severe 
strain amid the round and strife among men, sat down with 
my head between my hands and asked myself what impres- 



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sion I have made upon those I have just dealt with. What 
is their estimate of my Christianity? Am I remembered for 
my strong likes and dislikes, or for my generous love and 
compassion for all? Have I manifested my faith and dis- 
cipleship as Jesus said all his disciples would? "By this, 
shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye liave love 
one to another." Have my words been words of love and 
kindness? Have they shown a great heart instead of a small 
soul? Have I caused them to have greater respect for Jesus 
and the religion which bears his name? Have I shown them 
that the heart of Christianitj'' is love, overspreading love? 

How prone we are to di"aM' the limits of our love accord- 
ing to our own selfish soiils. This is Avhat the Pharisees and 
Scribes were doing, and -what Jesus "svas condemning in oiir 
lesson. The law said "Thou nhalt love thy neighbor a': thy- 
self" (Lev. 19:18). But they narrowly reasoned, "Who is 
my neighbor?" (Luke 10:29), and said an enemy could not 
be a neighbor, therefore, they were not duty bound to love 
enemies. In this way they had dra-^vn the limits of their 
benevolence into a very small radius, thus forming "classes" 
and "cHcques. " This resulted in their having practically 
no dealings with otliers than of their own class, much less to 
strive to reach out and do them positive good in the name 
of the loving God, whom they professed to serve. 

Such a love as this is what is commonly found in the 
world and carries no real weight of virtue in it. That's 
why Jesus said, "If ye love them which love you, what re- 
ward have you ? Do not even the publicans the same ? " In 
other words, if our love as Christians is no greater in its 
measure, or broader in its scope than those who make abso- 
lutely no profession at all, how does the love of God dwell 
in us? What have we more than they ana now oan we lay 
claim to more? 

How sad, yet true it is that numberless Christians really 
show less love for "Others" than many worldlings do. The 
worldly people serve to be seen of men while the Chritsian 
is suppposed to be moved by the impulse of love divinely 
planted within his soul. How the knowledge of this fact 
should shame us, awaken us, and spur us on to seek God's 
face and closer fellowship with him that we may in turn re- 
flect God 's love to love-hungry souls. 

"But how can we love those who seek our hurt, who 
speak evil concerning us falsely, who rejoice to see us fall, 
who secretly plan our disgrace?" Such love is a divine 
gift and is not known outside of Christ. It is a spark of 
that love -ndth which God so loved the Avorld. And was it 
a world filled with friends and sons that he loved? No, but 
a world filled with enemies. 

And that love has been turning enemies into friends 
and sons for two thoiisand years. Ah, here is a secret of 
the Christians ' love for souls : it makes friends of enemies 
and brethren of strangers. If we would just love our so- 
called "enemies," we would find that we did not have very 
many enemies. Most of our enemies are born in our own 
souls. We estimate them on the surface as enemies, then 
we treat them as enemies and soon they take the role of 
enemies towards us. If oi;r hearts had been filled with love 
for souls we would have made them friends, and perahps 
brethren. 

The thing that drew the multitudes to Jesus was not 
his beauty, or his power, so much as his love for them all. 
They knew the moment they saw him that he had a heart 
flowing over with love for them; that in him they could 
find one to help lighten their .burdens, comfort their sorroAvs 
and bring them to God. And as he was, so should we be in 
this world. How often have we met big, kindly, Christian 
men who made its to feel that in them we had a friend and 
confidant even though we had never seen them before. They 
have hearts filled with love for soul,':, that's what draws 
others to them. 

But are we to love strangers and unbelievers with the 
sapie love that we love our families and brethren in Christ? ■ 



That is impossible ; for they do not bear the same relation to 
us. But we are to love them to the saving of their souls ; to 
see in each precious life, a soul for whom Jesus gave his 
precious life to save ; to see in each one, a soul that may be 
lost if we do not speak to him about Jesus; to see in each 
one a soul as we once were, without peace, without hope, 
without God in the Avorld, strangers to his love and family. 
How glad we were that some one had a love for our souls 
enough to lead us to Jesus ! 

0, how blind we are to the need, the crying need all 
around us. How censorious and critical we are of the sin- 
ner, instead of having love and compassion for him. 

Two Sunday school workers were walking down the city 
street one winter day. They soon came abreast of a poor 
drunken fellow being guyed by newsboys and others. They 
too smiled at his predicament and spoke with disgust of 
such a character. They were almost past him when he 
slipped and fell into the gutter and there he lay, too weak to 
rise. With self-righteous remarks they continued on their 
•\vay without a thought of helping the poor man. At this 
moment a door across the street flew open and a refined 
looking woman hurried across to where the drunken man 
lay. Helping him to his feet, she wijDcd the mud from his 
bloated face with her handkerchief and took him to her 
home. The Siniday school workers went on remarking that 
such men were not fit to be helped. But the woman bathed 
his face, gave him a bath, a clean bed to sleep in, and when 
he had slept off his stupor she gave him some clean clothes 
of her husband's to put on, and that evening she and her 
husband took him to a little mission nearby. He heard the 
message of Jesus' love for sinners. And when the plea to 
accept Jesus was given, he arose and with tears streaming 
down his face went to the front and cried to God to save his 
poor soul. He was gloriously saved and became a strong 
Christian worker. But I wonder where the poor man would 
have been if that woman had had the same brand of Chris- 
tian love for souls that the two Christian workers had? May 
we search our own souls to see whether we are folloAving the 
Sunday school workers or that true Christian woman. Do 
Ave not really despise the fallen and outcast? Would Ave not 
really have been afraid of getting our clothes soiled if Ave 
had helped that man in the gutter? Do Ave not Avithhold 
our loA'c from those Avho most need it and lavish it on those 
AAdio appreciate it least? 0, that Ave Avould let the Master 
make our cold hearts Avarm, make our small souls large and 
great, and merciful, and make our love like his, that aa'c 
might seek to saA'e the lost. If Ave just had a vision of the 
aAvful procession of lost souls filing past the gate of death, 
I believe the love of cA^ery one of us Avould burn into a nev- 
er-dying passion for lost souls. 

Moody once told of a man Avho could never understand 
AA'hy .some people Avere so concerned about the salvation of 
others. One night he dreamed that he entered the gates of 
heaven and soon the SaAdor appeared and led him to the 
battlements of the eternal city. Looking out into the haze, 
the Savior said, "Do you see them?" He ansAvered, "I see 
nothing." Still looking the man finally said, "Noav I see, 
its a great jDrocession on the dark Avorld I haA^e just come 
from. But there is a terrible precipice there. Those in the 
procession are blind-folded. They are all going OA^er the 
precipice. Why does not someone Avarn them and turn them 
back?" Sadly the Master ansAvered, "There is no one there 
Avho cares." AAvaking from sleep the man Avent out and 
gave his life to saving men. 

'0 merciful Father in heaven, save us from ourselves. 
Take from us our stony hearts and give us hearts of love for 
souls. Forgive us for our selfishness and coldness of heart. 
Make us to realize the aAvfulness of being a lost soul. Re- 
veal to us the glories of salvation. Give us a vision of eter- 
nity, the shortness of life and the certainty of death. Pour 
into our hearts a stream of love from thine OAvn great heart, 
that Ave might in turn loA'e and seek the lost till the last mem- 
ber of the "Church" is safe in the fold, and Jesus comes to 
gather all his oavu. In his precious name Ave ask it. Amen. ' ' 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



EQUIPPING AN EFFICIENT SUNDAY SCHOOL 



The question of furnisiing our schools with 
tho necessary equipment to make them as 
efficient as possible is a serious problem with 
every thoughtful superintendent. The mate- 
rial equipment for Sunday schools set forth 
by the writers of books, journals and general 
literature, as being m cessary for successful 
work, is rather bewildering to the officers of 
a school of average enrollment, without even 
considering the schools having an enrollment 
of only a score or two or less, and the cost 
of up-to-date equipment makes it an equally 
perplexing problem to the smaller schools. 

It is evident however that material equip- 
ment is an essential factor in every successful 
school. The character, the quality and quan- 
tity or extent of this equipment, must be de- 
determined by the officers of the individual 
school. The value of pictures, maps, charts, 
etc., to make vivid to the eye and clear to 
the mind gospel truths can scarcely be over- 
estimated. The mind is similarly impressed 
with sound through the ear and truths in this 
way indelibly fixed. The smaller children 
are easily interested and readily grasp facts 
through what we may term the muscular 
sense in the use of sand tables, blackboards 
and the handling of articles, patterns and 
models of tools and implements from Orien- 
tal lands and ancient times. There are also 



By Albert Trent 

many things in the line of furnishings that 
may be used to make the Sunday school home 
a beautiful and attractive place. The wise 
teacher will use all of such means at her 
command as ready gate-ways by which strong 
and lasting impressions of truth may be made 
upon the soul of the child. 

Churches constructed in accordance with 
modern plans to accommodate their schools 
on the lines of present day efficiency, with 
separate sections for each grade and separate 
class rooms, and ha^ang tho financial means 
find that an elaborate furnishing of material 
equipment is not a difficult feature. But 
where a school must be held in one room, and 
the only means for separating classes consists 
of a few curtains, it becomes a real problem 
to decide upon the kind of equipment that 
will prove most effective. 

I am convinced also that excellent work is 
being done in many of our schools in limited 
environments, and conducted under disadvan- 
tages, with scarcely any up-to-date furnish- 
ings except a thoroughly devoted, consecrated 
coi-ps of officers and teachers. Therefore, 
those of us who cannot have an ample equip- 
ment in this line, at this time, need not nec- 
essarily be discouraged, but let us press for- 
ward under existing conditions, endeavoring 
to make our efforts approved of God and 



effective through the right use of the word 
of truth. 

The conscientious superintendent, however, 
may also feel that there is a reasonable limit 
to the amount of money to be spent in this 
way, as long as the evangelizing of the world 
has not been completed. Many thousands of 
dollars are spent annually by the schools of 
America for mere comfort, attractiveness and 
ornamentation, that would accomplish more 
in the Master's cause if given to the Belgians, 
the Armenians or to gospel-less people of 
other lands. 

We are living in a wonderful mechanical 
age. The tendency has been to emphasize 
rather over much the mechanical phase of the 
work, and possibly, to the neglect of the real 
function of the Bible sehopl. Am I wrong 
in the thought that the future tendency in 
Sunday school work will place a greater em- 
phasis on heart culture? I think some one 
has said, "If mechanics could save the world 
the world would be saved already." 

The most effective equipment, the most val- 
uable asset, the greatest attraction that any 
school can have for -boys and girls and for 
men and women, is a corps of consecrated 
teachers who have the grace and ability of 
making the Word a living issue in the lives 
of those whom they teach. 



The Supreme Aim In Teaching 

By Mrs. L. G. Wood 

This is a subject of very vital importance, 
and one which calls for the definition of that 
which is supreme. When we discuss the 
"Supreme Aim' 'of Bible teaching, we are 
not merely discussing ideals, but also that 
which is fundamental in the achievement of 
the ideals. Teaching is "causing another to 
know" and when we take into consideration 
the Sunday school teacher's text-book- — the 
Bible — we conclude that the supreme aim is to 
cause another to know God. The Bible is 
God's revelation of himself and its right use 
is attained only when he is made known. 

1 — The first and supreme aim is to bring the 
living pupil and the living word into such 
close personal contact as to constitute a rela- 
tionship. To do this the teacher must know 
her pupil as well as her text book. One has 
wisely said, "A whole minded Christian 
teacher must know God, love God, obey God." 
When the pupil has been led to decide for 
Christ, the work is only properly begun. 

2 — The second step in the supreme task is 
to direct the pupil in this new found relation- 
ship in the constructive work of character 
building. The idle convert is in graver dan- 
ger than the unconverted. 

It has been beautifully said that the 
"the school is a garden of souls and the 
teacher is the horticulturist." The teacher 
herself must know how to study and grow 
and give expert guidance to the pupil. 



The home is the soil in which the young 
plants grow and this suggests the widening 
of tho teacher's responsibilities in the attain- 
ment of the supreme aim. She will secure 
the hearty co-operation of tho home, where it 
is possible. Here difficult work will be found 
in dealing with both the growing pupil and 
adult. It is possible the teacher will sometimes 
find in the case of adult pupils, that the work 
is not only constructive but reconstructive, this 
will make the task still more difficult, but 
the supreme aim will justify the greatest ef- 
fort. Eegardless of the age of the pupil, the 
teacher 's fundamental task is to impart a 
right conception of God, the Bible and the 
church. 

3 — The third step in the teacher's supreme 
aim is to inspire to service. To make God 
known, and direct growth in the building of 
a strong noble character is not the climax of 
the teacher's aim. It is to inspire the pupil 
to make the investment of his knowledge and 
the forces of his character in the greatest of 
all enterprises the extension of Christ's king- 
dom on earth. The teacher must not be sat- 
isfied with making an Impression on the mind 
of her pupils, in fact, she can not know that 
there is any Impression being made, but by 
the expression drawn from the pupil. 

Therefore, the three-fold aim is, first, to 
lead to Christ; second, to establish in Christ; 
third, to lead to service for Christ. The 
greatest task God has committed to a man or 
woman is that of watching the unfolding of 
a life, and with kind understanding help it 
to grasp the right meaning of life, 



A Commendable Example 

We are pleased to quote from an encourag- 
ing letter written by Brother Eoy Brumbaugh 
of Portis, Kansas: 

I was elected teacher training superintend- 
ent of the Kanemorado District last fall, and 
thought the best placp +<i begin would be at 
home and set a good example for the rest of 
the schools. . Things have begun to pick up 
here again and we hope for normal condi- 
tions within a few weeks, but we do not want 
to stop where we left off. You may send me 
one dozen copies of "The Educative Process 
in Re'ligion." We expect to start our class 
at once. Do not know exactly how many 
hooks we will need as yet, but feel positive 
this first order will not be enough. 

That message is full of encouragement. It 
indicates that Brother Brumbaugh is deter- 
mined to be more than a nominal district 
superintendent. It is not likely that 
Portis will • disappoint him, for several 
years ago they graduated a nice class, and 
doubtless will do equally well with the new 
course. Other schools of that and other dis- 
tricts will do well to follow this commenda')le 
example. Hindrances experienced during tho 
parly part of the year should not be allowed 
to delay our training work any longer than 
absolutely necessary. Remember the Standard 
of Excellence requires a class in every school 
to attain the Front Line position But more 
important than this requirement is the evi- 
dent and urgent need of trained teachers in 
your school. It must be supplied. You can 
"supply it. Will you do it? J. A. GAEBEE. 



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J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



G. C. Carpenter 

SECRETARY 



Life Work in Christian Endeavor By e. a. Rowsey 



I want to havG a heart to heart talk with 
the Ohio leaders of Christian Endeavor. That 
means I will be talking largely to young peo- 
ple. There is nothing more inspiring than 
youth. "Keep your youth," says Dr. Cad- 
man, "for it comes only once to maid and 
man alike. Christian youthhood is so beau- 
tiful it almost fills one with a sweet pain. 
Great things have been done, and greater 
things must be done by the youth with their 
joy, courage and desire for sacrificial ser- 
vice. ' ' From this statement one is impressed 
with the greatness of the material out of 
which Christian Endeavor is built. "From 
such an organization," some one has said, "A 
new divinity will arise to change the world 
for the better. 

Fellow Endeavorers, if our work tomorrow 
is a success we must busy ourselves today 
preparing leaders to carry forward the work. 
The war has taken our future poets and 
■divines. It has robbed us of untold spiritual 
force. We must keep our hands on the 
things of faith that have been committed to 
our charge. Our powers must be consecrated 
to Jesus Christ for service as Christian lead- 
ers. 

Do I hear you say: We are succeeding in 
this much needed work? Fine, but here lurks 

They Are Planning 

Prof. J. A. Garber 

Surely! They are planning to make Ash- 
land College Night the biggest and best event 
of the season. Just note the following re- 
quests: 

From Miss Naomi Wilson, Elkhart, Indi- 
ana: Please send us 100 programs for Ash- 
land College Night. 

From DeMain Warner, Goshen, Indiana: 
Kindly send to me at once 75 of the pro- 
grams for Ashland College Night. 

From Mrs. A. B. Cover, Hagerstown, Mary- 
land: Will you please send me 25 programs 
for College Night? And she adds: We have 
had a recent drive for membership netting 
about one hundred new members. And we 
desire to say: Halleluiah. Let all the En- 
deavorers say: Prais the Lord. 

Those are inspiring messages. Others 
doubtless are making similar plans. If any 
society has failed to plan until now you will 
be unable to delay longer after reading about 
the acti-idties of fellow Endeavorers. Pro- 
grams have been mailed to every society. If 
they are not received let us hear from you 
and we will try to replace them. 

Double Your Society 

In one of his stirring messages Dr. Clark 
says that twenty thousand societies might 
double their membership and the rest very 
much enlarge theirs before 1020. Then he 
suggests the wisdom of launching a "doubling 
up ' ' campaign. 

We heartily agree with both ideas. In the 
Brethren church there are almost a hundred 
Young People's societies, not to mention the 



a grave peril. Success is full of promise till 
men get it; and then it is a last year's nest, 
from which the birds have flown. Your past 
achievements, present ability and natural 
gifts, do not bring privileges, so much as 
they bring duties. There ought to be an at- 
mosphere in every Christian Endeavor society, 
so wholesome that a person going there would 
catch an enthusiasm which would kindle the 
altar fires for service in his or her life. When 
our societies reach such a stage visible results 
will be inevitable and the often quoted lines 
of Henry Ward Beacher will no longer be 
merely a quotation but a reality, namely, 
"The truest self-respect is not to think of 
self." 

In closing I wish to speak a word more 
particularly to the Ohio Endeavorers. We 
have approximately fifteen societies in this 
state. If you will glance at the Four Year 
Program you will see Ohios' quota is twen- 
ty ' ' Life Work Recruits. ' ' Let 's make a spe- 
cial effort to get one recruit from each society 
on Ashland College Night, February the 
ninth. Your society should reach a climax 
on that night. It should go down, not only 
in the record book of your society, but in the 
hearts of all present as a mountain-top expe- 
rience. Let's work and pray to make this 

Juniors and Intermediates, that could double 
their membership before April 1st. The in- 
auguration of such an effort would be one of 
the finest moves for Christian Endeavor 
Week. Let it become the specific aim of the 
first line of Endeavor suggested in the New 
World Campaign, which appeared on this 
page two weeks ago. To put the idea more 
definitely: If your society has twenty-five 
members now, make your goal fift}^. If twen- 
ty attend regularly, strive to secure a regular 
attendance of forty. 

The same plan might be profitably em- 
ployed in connection with every phase of our 
work. If only six members have been won 
to the church through your society, seek to 
increase the number to twelve, at least. Where 
thirty persons are enrolled in the Army of 
Patriotic Service, multiply it by two, having 
sixty enrolled. If you reported twenty Quiet 
Hour Comrades, labor to raise the number to 
forty. Where there are fifteen Tenth Legion- 
ers an effort should be made to enroll thirty. 
If the society gave twelve dollars to Ash- 
land College and twenty-five to missions last 
year, let it double the amount in both in- 
stances. Where you now rejoice with one 
Life Work Recruit, secure an added joy by 
having two enlisted. If you have graduated 
ten Christian Endeavor Experts, organize an- 
other class with an equal number, which 
should give you twenty in all. With the mul- 
tiplication of your numbers by the "two 
times one is two ' ' method there will come 
increased power and added strength for ser- 
vice. Christian Endeavor Week provides for 
these additions and we trust that every so- 
ciety will endeavor to secure as many deci- 
sions as possible. Follow the suggestions in 



lofty vision a dynamic reality. Pick out the 
members of your society who should surren- 
der their lives to some definite Christian ser- 
vice, then place their names upon a prayer 
card, talk with them about their future work 
in a very tactful way. Lead them into a 
broader vision of life by showing them you 
are interested in their welfare and desire for 
them the biggest and best things possible. 

I have four little books entitled, "Studies 
in Christian Heroism." The individual titles 
of the books are as follows — "The Call to 
Service," "The Triumphant Ministry," 
"Reapers of His Harvest," and "Heroes of 
the Campus." They contain many rich 
truths which would be helpful to any ono 
seeking to determine a life work. They con- 
tain thrilling stories of how the world's 
greatest leaders made the supreme sacrifice 
to obey the still small voice of conscience. 
Thy would make a fine life work library for 
any society and we heartily recommend them. 
They may be secured from, ' ' The Westminster 
Press, Philadelphia, Pa., for $2.00 net. You 
may secure these books to read by sending 
your name and address to me. Meanwhile, 
let's remember Ashland College Night and 
our part in recruiting for Christ. 

the Ashland College Night program and use 
the enclosed Decision Card. All gains should 
be reported to the proper departmental super- 
intendent or the undersigned. Who will be 
the first to report a ' ' doubling-up ' ' cam- 
paign? 

Carry On 

One of the great slogans of the last war is 
to be found in the inspiring words ' ' Carry 
on." It has been the last admoniition of the 
dying soldier to his mates. It has nerved the 
weakest to deeds of valor that seemed almost 
impossible. No man was so handicapped 
physically — to the British Tommy — that he 
could not "Carry on," or in other words, do 
his part like a man. And because the men 
so well played their part during those years 
of darkness from the Battle of Mons to the 
Second Marne battle the free nations came 
through triumphant. 

This is my last message to the Endeavorers 
before February 9th, and my last word to 
each society and each individual Endeavorer 
is "CARRY ON." You know the goals we 
are seeking to attain on that date — $500 in 
real money and at least FORTY NEW LIFE 
AVORK RECRUITS— and real .effort will be 
demanded if success is to be ours. Do not 
be satisfied with a half-hearted effort. Put 
every bit of brain and brawn you have into 
the work before you, and CARRY OX TO 
VICTORY. Brethren Endeavorers we can do 
it, and if we can we ought, and if we ought 
we will. Let us all ' ' Carry On, ' ' for Christ 
and the church. 

EDWIN BOARDMAN, JR. 



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MISSIONS 



From Our Youngest Missionary, Marguerite 



Brazzaville, French Eq. Africa, 

November 20, 1918. 
My dear little friends: 

We are growing to love Jesus more as we 
wait liere at Brazzaville and the more we love 
him the more we long to go on through that 
door which we are daily praying may soon be 
opened to us, in Ubangi-Shari. The other 
day I was talking to Aunt Toddy. She asked 
me some questions. One of them was, 
"Where will people who love Jesus go?" and 
I said "To Ubangi-Shari." I couldn't under- 
stand why Aunt Toddy and mamma smiled, 
because I have often heard mamma say she 
was praying for many who love Jesus to go 
to Ubangi-Shari, and I believe prayer will 
be answered. I have been praying for a long 
time for the boat to take us to Ubangi-Shari, 
and can just hear the way it will say — ' ' Choo- 
choo-choo" when it comes to take us. Daddy 
and mamma have told me how many, many 
times in their lives they have prayed for 
Jesus to send a boat, and then have waited 
till he did send one. First when mamma was 
so very, very sick, on the shore of Lake Al- 
bert in the Belgian Congo, and was far away 
from the port, mamma says native boys took 
little canoes and went across the Lake which 
had been very stormy before, but which was 
very quiet just then, because ' ' God was hold- 
ing the winds in the heavens" in answer to 
prayer. Mamma says they came back on the 
big boat which was to take her across and 
came to the very lonely little place where 
she was waiting on the shore of the great 
stormy lake. 

And then mamma says there was a short, 
bitter night of suffering when she and daddy 
waited on the banks of the Eiver Nile for an- 
other boat to take them another part of the 
way. It came, and the captain gave poor, 



sick mamma the largest and airiest of the 
cabins. 

Then they waited and prayed for another 
boat in Jinja, and here too, there was a place 
for mamma although her bed had to be put 
right out on deck. Of course you know I 
wasn't with mamma and daddy in those days. 

Another boat that mamma and daddy wait- 
ed for was the one which took them from 
Kampala to Port Florence and mamma says 
she had to spend three long weary months 
waiting to be strong enough to take that one. 
But it came, and mamma was able this time 
to walk on board and to enjoy the beautiful 
voyage on Lake Victoria. 

And then came those hard days when mam- 
ma couldn't get strong up in the high moun- 
tains at Kijabe, and she and daddy went 
down to Mombasa. They wanted to come 
home to America to tell you all about the 
many little black boys and girls in Africa 
who needed Jesus ,too, but they had to wait 
eleven long weeks at the coast while mamma 
got strong, and the money came in little by 
little to take the long journey. But the boat 
came. Mamma says that was just before the 
war, and they went on a German boat as 
far as East London in South Africa. Then 
came another long wait for a boat to take 
them to England, and that boat too came 
one happy day after daddy and mamma had 
been speaking and evangelizing in South 
Africa for four months. 

Then they waited a little while in London 
for another boat to take them back to Amer- 
ica, where they first learned to know and 
love you all. That boat too came. Then you 
will remember how daddy and mamma and 
Aunt Toddy waited nearly three long years 
in the home land for that other boat that 
brought them and Aunt Mae and me back to 



Cape Town. But that boat came. And what 
a short wait we had in Cape Town for an- 
other boat and then such a little wait in 
Loando for still another one, and a little wait 
in Boma for the boat which brought us to 
to Matadi. The very last boat we were on 
was the one which brought us here to Brazza- 
ville from Kinshassa, across Stanley Pool. 
But they all came. And noi\' I can not quite 
understand whj' Ave must wait for a boat to 
go to Banqui when boats are coming and go- 
ing all the time, but mamma says they are 
not our boats, but that .Jesus has one for us 
which he will send when all things are in 
readiness. So I pray, "Jesus send a boat," 
and I sing to a little tune all my own, "Oh, 
serid a boat. Lord Jesus." 

November 26, 1918. 

I haven't seen very much of Uncle William 
lately, nor of mamma, nor of Aunt Toddy, 
for they all spend much time in Brazzaville, 
taking care of the sick. We have many very 
sick people in Kinshassa and Brazzaville. It 
is called Spanish influenza, and was brought 
to Africa bj' a French boat which came not 
long ago. 

December 17th, 1918 

It has been a long time since mamma and 
I ANrote the words above. Since then we have 
ill) been suffering more or less with influenza 
and mamma has been very, very ill. But we 
are all growing stronger now and looking for- 
ward with hope to the coming of Marie and 
.Julie and their papa and mamma. We are 
praying that they maj' be kept and used for 
.Jesus. Wo too are longing to do more for 
him. 

We all join in love to you all. Mamma 
prays that when Jesus comes, we may all be 
jewels for his crown. Lovingly, 

MAKGUERITE. 



Home Mission Notes 

G. C. Carpenter 

Misappropriation of Mission Money 
We have heard of several churches in which 
mission offerings were taken and yet the 
money never reached the mission boards. And 
the explanation given was that the church 
treasurer was shy of funds to pay the pastor 's 
salary and other expenses and they just had 
to use that money that was given for mis- 
sions. If the monc had been replaced soon 
afterward and the jrch officials were cer 
tain that it would oo replaced the transac 
tion might have been clothed with a question 
able permit. But" the usual result is that the 
money thus. misappropriated is never replaced, 
and we must conclude in the first place that 
such procedure is wrong, and in the second 
place such procedure is very wrong. 
Four Million 
"In our Southern Appalachians arc -1,000,- 
000 American Highlanders, for generations 
shut off from the main current of our National 
life and development. Poor homes and worse 
schools, wretched roads, poverty, illiteracy, 



inefficient farming, weak churches fostering 
excesses and disputes — such influences have 
made this one of the neediest of mission fields. 
But no people could be more responsive and 
no work more full lof hope. Here is the pure- 
blood Anglo-Saxon, needing only opportun- 
ity." — The Continent. 

The Eoad to Heaven 
While the road to heaven is proverbially 
rocky that is no reason why the road to 
church should be. The road to church in 
many southern mountain communities away 
from the railroad is well nigh impassable six 
months of the year, and the road to market 
just as bad. Pretty hard to develop a strong 
church in such a community. More than one 
missionary has organized a "road day" and 
did it as a real peiece of religious work. A 
"Holiness" brother objected to such use of 
time by the missionary, saying he should be 
ashaiiu'd going around "mixing religion and 
the « orld. ' ' But the chief object in life is 
to make the world better. Thet church in a 
mountain community often makes over the 
whole country roundabout. The missionary 



docs a great service if he makes it possible 
for the people to get to church. Riverside 
is helping to make over Breathitt County. And 
the Krypton church has accomplished much in 
that growing section of the mountains in the 
next county. 

Thanksgiving Postponed 
Brother Bowman, the Secretary- Treasurer 
of our Home Mission Board, will call for an- 
other day of thanksgiving when every Breth- 
ren church sends to him its full apportion- 
ment tor home missions and when he 
can announce that the goal for this year has 
been reached. Pastors, it is up to you. Let 
nothing prevent your reaching this goal in 
your local churches. Show some cf the spirit 
of that pastor who collected the full amount 
from his church by mail and personal solicita- 
tion while his church was closed by the influ- 
enza ban. "Now then do itl " Brother Bow- 
nmn, our pastors are awake, most of them, 
and you will likely hear from many more 
churches. We hope that you will be compelled 
to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation before 
the close of the conference year. 



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NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



LINWOOD, MARYLAND 

The Brethren of the East have suffered the 
price of upset plans during the past few 
months, in all church work, like others, who 
have reported. Two mighty attacks of the 
world-wide epidemic visited our section, with 
a heavy toll of life. It's first sweep was just 
in time to stop a Eally Day service for our 
Sunday school. The second sweep was iu time 
to cancel all Christmas exercises and pleas- 
ures. 

Our readers will recall that the Linwood 
Brethren Sunday school is only six mouths 
old. One hundred and twenty-five are now 
enrolled. Since about all have regained nor- 
mal health, the attendance in every class is 
showing increase. Even though it was im- 
possible to have our Christmas entertainment 
which had been so well planned, a treat of 
candj' and oranges was given to all on the 
roll. To all who were sick, their treat was 
sent. When we consider that the church 
was closed for a period of more than a 
month, we feel that the Sunday school has 
done a good and worthy work. 

Brother Charles U. Messier was elected as 
our first superintendent. He acknowledged 
his inexperience, but confessed his willing- 
ness to learn. He is a young man of conse- 
cration and prayer with an interest in chil- 
dren, young pauple and the community at 
large, so it is needless to say, he is becom- 
ing an efficient superintendent. 

Our fall meeting had to be postponed. 
.Brother L. G. Wood of Eoanoke, Virginia was 
to have been our helper in this special cam- 
_paigu for souls. 

There are more pleasant things to do than 
>isit the sick, but not many times has a 
jmstor had a larger opportunity for such per- 
sonal service than during the past few 
months. It has been the writer's joy to see 
.scores of faces lighten and hearts comforted 
wheii a little of God's Word or a prayer for 
strength, or both were taken into a home 
full of sick people. 

To change the subject, our's has not been 
.one surprise but a stream of them. From 
eaji/ in the fall until the present the par- 
■sonage has had its many callers and as many 
;as three in one day, all with large baskets 
of fresh meat, etc. All these generous gifts 
make the recipients feel good in more ways 
than one. A stream of good things flow most 
of the time at Linwood. For such good care 
and attention wc trj' to render faithful ser- 
vice. 

We covet the prayers of the brotherhood 
for the future success of this work. 

E. M. EIDDLE, Pastor. 
January 17, 1919. 

RIPON, CALIFORNIA 

Upon graduating from Ashland College last 
.rune, and after a semi-clandestine marriage 
and visiting home folks near Dayton, Ohio, 
and Portland, Oregon, we landed on the Eipon 
field, July fourth. 

When we were engaged for this field we 
were cautioned to be steeled against disap- 
pointment. Since we have been here it seems 
that disappointment is about all with which 



wa have had a chance to deal. However, we 
have met with six months of it to date, of 
which half this time our church has been 
closed on account of the "flu." 

Our « ork here is like that of an entirely 
new field. We have very few workers. The 
best we can say for Eipon is, that there is 
a big work here for the Brethren church to 
do. This work cannot be rebuilt to what we 
would term ' ' good standing ' ' in less than 
three or four years' time. Slow work. Yes, 
but if the work is supported it is bound to 
develop. 

We have a good church building and a fine 
location. Eipon is a splendid little country 
town which promises to grow very rapidly in 
the near future. New people are moving 
here all the time. An opportunity is ours if 
we can turn the tide for Christ and the 
Brethren church. And God helping us I be- 
lieve we can. Before the "flu ban" quite a 
few new people were coming our way. The 
young people here are practically unreached. 
Thep have grown up without the church and 
are nOAv extremely difficult to reach. But 
they must be saved. Eipon must succeed for 
Christ. We will have more to report later. 
N. V. LEATHERMAN. 



HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND 

Since our last report, startling changes 
have taken place in our work. The "flu" 
struck us, taking a dismal toll, leaving sad- 
ness and a sense of keen loss in its wake; 
yet may God be praised for "He buries his 
workers but carries on his work." 

Within a year, we suffered the loss by 
death of two Sunday school superintendents, 
both eft'icient and splendid leaders, under 
whom the school made progress. The respon- 
sibilty of the office thus passed upon 
the shoulders of another young man under 
whose leadership we have progress to report. 

After our return from General Conference, 
wo began putting into operation our plans for 
the fall and winter work. We held our Eal- 
ly Day services on the last Sunday of Sep- 
tember with the largest attendance ever. 
Promotions brought a number from the Ele- 
. mentary Department into the main school. 
Their places have long since been taken by 
others in this departmeftt, and thus the woik 
goes on. Following Eally Day, we held a 
week's meeting, preparatory to our Commun- 
ion service. During this meeting two splen- 
did young women made the complete sur- 
render to Christ. Then. . . came the quaran- 
tine and for five Sundays we had no services. 
Since the ban has been lifted we are busy 
trying to readjust ourselves. The Sunday 
school again used the ' ' White Gift ' ' service, 
which was a complete success. The offering 
was the largest ever taken by the school and 
is very gratifying considering present condi- 
tions. It seems that people respond more 
generously to the various calls than ever be- 
fore. Our response to Home Missions was 
splendid, reaching our goal. We held our 
postponed fall communion service on Sunday, 
December twenty-ninth. While not normal in 
the number of communicants, there was a 



deep spirit of devotion manifest that means 
much to the growth of the church. 

We begin the new year with a hopeful out- 
look and an endeavor to push forward the 
great work of our King in an unprecedented 
world opportunity. 

A. B. COVER. 



FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH, LOS ANGE- 
LES, CALIFORNIA 

On Thursday evening, January 9th a re- 
ception was held at the church for our new 
pastor, N. W. Jennings, and his wife. Invi- 
tations had been sent to the other Brethren 
churches of Southern California. and represen- 
tatives were present from Compton Avenue, 
Long Beach, Whittier and Fillmore. A pro- 
gram of music, reading and addresses was 
rendered. Prof. Stout was present and ren- 
dered several solos in his own masterful way. 
The attendance was line. 

After a number of musical selections, Mor- 
ris Leffler, chairman for the evening called 
the ministers to the platform and each one 
spoke some words of greeting. Brother Jen- 
nings responded in his own delightful man- 
ner. Sister Jennings, somewhat embarrassed 
by what she said was a new experience to 
her, was called to the platform and the re- 
marks she made showed she was equal to the 
occasion. 

At the conclusion of the program the re- 
freshment committee W"as busy for a while 
in the basement -veaiting on the people, espe- 
cially those from visiting congregations, and 
ministering such good things as would 
strengthen the physical man for the journey 
home. Every one present seemed to be en- 
thusiastic in their enjoyment of the entire 
evening. 

On Sunday, January 12, an offering was 
taken for the Armenian-Syrian Belief Drive, 
which amounted to $50.00. 

A. P. EEED. 



TENNESSEE 

We so much enjoy the news from over the 
brotherhood, we think the brotherhood may 
like to hear from us even though the news 
is mostly "flu." 

Thanksgiving evening we had a very infor- 
mal prayer and praise service. Aside from 
an article prepared and read by one member 
and a splendid speech by another the hour was 
given to prayer, songs and testimonies. It 
gave us a good feelir.a because other than 
our own people heartily ,ok part. At the ser- 
vice the annual Thanl. ...giving offering was 
taken. 

From Thanksgiving on everything and 
e-s-erybody was working to make the Christ- 
mas service a success. A good Christmas 
feeling and a good cantata bid fair to make 
it a happy occasion but the "flu" had 
planned otherwise. So to save the church 
from the blame of spreading the disease we 
called off that service and also the Sunday 
school, prayer meeting and the weekly neigh- 
borhood Bible class. But the disease has con- 
tinued to spread all the same. The early fall 



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siege of the plague effected only a few peo- 
ple compared with the number now sick. Con- 
sidering the number of cases there have been 
few deaths but some homes have been thus 
made sad. Th distress and suffering in count- 
less homes presents a sad aspect. Those of 
us who have been spared the disease have 
cause for praise and thanksgiving that God 
has fulfilled his promise that, "neither shall 
any plague come nigh thy dwelling." May 
God give us faith these days to rely on his 
promises and may wo pray the prayer of 
faith that this disease may leave our shores, 
and other lands as well. These days of the 
world look very much like the fulfillment of 
Matthew 24:7. 

Wo are now making an effort to collect the 
Christmas offering as we have had to dismiss 
services longer than we thought for. Per- 
haps better late than not at all, and better 
some than none. We also hope to send m 
our Four Year Program report. 

Though many of our plans for the church 
have been set aside by influenza we look for- 
ward to an early date when we can strike 
glad hands, and sing songs of praise again 
in God's house. 

We especially enjoy the Evangelist these 
days in which we cannot meet together. And 
though we are somewhat removed from \ 
brotherhood in spirit, we are very near in 
spirit. We trust our next report may be 
more cheerful and that much prayer will bo 
turned to praise. Pray for us as we do for 
you. MAEY PENCE. 



WASHINGTON, D. C. 

In the very beginning permit me to refer 
you to 2 Peter 3:1. Something like three 
years ago, perhaps, I made a very special re- 
quest through the columns of the Evangelist. 
Quite a number responded. I asked for pray- 
er to be offered daily, very definite prayer 
that our heavenly Father might touch hearts, 
yes, the hearts and lives of people in Wash- 
ington City, so that our work here might be 
prospered. I praise God that those prayers 
have been answered, some of them in a mar- 
velous way, and so I am encouraged to come 
again and thus '"stir up your pure minds by 
way of remembrance." I am quite sure that 
he wants to do much more for us. 

Just now I am looking over the list of 
names, the names of those who wrote me and 
promised to pray regularly and definitely, 
(and some of them daily) according to my 
request. Some on that list have prayed their 
last prayer on earth. They have answered 
the final summons. And those who have been 
spared I feel quite sure are still praying. But 
I am an.xious to have others on my prayer 
list. How many of those who may road this 
will write me and say, ' ' Place ray name on 
the list. ' ' And how many ■ of those who an- 
swered before will write again and renew 
their pledge? I don't ask you to take time 
to write at length; just a card will do. But 
whether you write me, or not, will not every 
one who really loves the blessed Lord send 
mestages daily heavenward? Pray that God 
may continue to touch hearts; that takes in 
everything. But perhaps I should go a step 
farther. Listen! God has answered our 
prayers by lifting the debt on our church 
home, (at least that part that was promised 



by the church in this city) and now we are 
asking him for greater things. He is pleased 
when we come with great' expectations! Don't 
you really think so? When God really and 
truly touches hearts, everything is easy! 

We are now looking to him to supply us 
with a more commodious church home. We 
believe that God would be pleased to have it 
so. He can touch hearts and cause this to 
come to pass. We are truly grateful for the 
building we have, but the work has devel- 
oped to such an extent that we realize that we 
could accomplish very much more with a build- 
ing adapted to modern needs. And so, for 
some time we have been talking to God con- 
cerning this matter. He can easily touch just 
one heart in the brotherhood and bring it to 
pass! Don't you believe it? I do. Listen, 
once more. If I could at this moment just 
whisper a few things into your ear, telling 
you of what he has already done in answer 
to prayer, you would doubt no longer. Make 
a note of this please. 

A good many things have come to pass in 
this city in connection with the First Breth- 
ren church, which have never been published. 
We are waiting for some things to announce 
themselves. You will be surprised all the 
more when you pay that visit to the capital 
of the nation by and by. It is the expecta- 
tion of my heart, (it has been for some time), 
that .some of these days, our heavenly Father 
will raise up just one individual who will 
build a memorial building such as we need 
in this city. If that person should not as- 
sume the entire obligation personally, the 
proposition might be made to include one- 
half of the cost. In that event free will offer- 
ings by thousands, would doubtless flow into 
the treasury! 

Well, God will work out his own plan. Per- 
haps we have said enough for this time. But 
keep on talking to God, won't you? Some of 
you will, I know; keep on asking him to 
touch hearts; that takes in all the rest, finan- 
cial needs, church buldings, everything! How 
many will write me? 

God bless you all! In his name, 

W. M. LYON. 
636 South Carolina Avenue, 



FALLS CITY NEWS 

Never have our experiences been so varied 
and trying as in the past three months. Hu- 
manly speaking, sadder days can never come 
to our people at Falls City than the days of 
the past months. The epidemic has visited 
eighty percent of our homes. In its wake are 
motherless and fatherless children and sorrow 
of the deepest kind. Eighteen funerals one 
after the other, and the result of the "flu" 
makes us wonder what is to come ne.xt. For 
eight weeks all activities were closed, until it 
was demonstrated clearly, that, closed or 
open, the "flu" had its way. Opening again 
just one week before Christmas, we moved 
along almost normal for three Sundays to 
have it break in upon us worse than ever. In- 
stead of closing again we kept the churches 
and schools open, but our work is dragging 
very heavily, and the prospects are no better 
for the near future, yet we go forward in 
faith that it will all work out for good. To 
date the pastor and family have been spared, 
even though I have been constantly thrown 



directly in contact with it. We have been 
especially grateful for this, because there 
^vere so many things to do. 

Outside of attendance at the services v/e 
are trying to maintain our standing, and will 
take up the task where we left off just as 
soon as conditions permit. Many a plan that 
promised well has been turned aside, but God 
has his purpose in it. May it all work out 
for righteousness. H. F. STUCKMAN. 



EVANGELIST HONOR ROLL 

The following churches having met the re- 
quirements laid down by the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company regarding the placing of 
the Evangelist in the homes of the congrega- 
tions are entitled to a place on the Evangelist 
Honor Eoll. 

Church Pastor 

Gretna, Ohio, 2nd Yr., .... Edwin Boardman 
Washington, C. H., O., 2nd Yr., L. B. Wilkins 
Ankenytown, Ohio, 2nd Yr., .... A. L. Lynn 

Ashland Ohio, 2nd Yr., J. A. Garber 

Beaver City, Nebr., 2nd Yr., (Vacant) 

Morrill Kans., 2nd Yr., A. E. Whitted 

Lanark, 111., 2nd Yr., B. T. Burnworth 

Waterloo, Iowa, 2nd Yr., . . H. L. Goughnour 

Muncie, Indiana, 2nd Yr., J. L. Kimmel 

College Corner, Indiana, .... D. A. C. Teeter 

Hamlin, Kansas, Geo. E. Cone 

Allentown, Pa., A. L. DeLozier 

Johnstown, Pa., 3rd Ch., Geo. H. Jones 

MiUedgeville, 111., 2nd.Yr., M. J. Snyder 

Portis, Kansas, Eoy Brumbaugh. 

Fairhaven, Ohio, 2nd Yr., , B. F. Owen 

Long Beach, Cal., 2 Yr., L. S. Bauman 

Burlington, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Carleton, Nebraska, Z. T. Livengood 

Falls City, Nebraska, H. F. Stuckman 

Summit Mills, Penna., ... E. D. Burnworth 

Mexico, Indiana, 2nd Yr., L. W. Ditch 

Lordsburg, California, Thos. H. Broad 

Salisbury, Penna., E. D. Burnworth 

Flora, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Los Angeles, Cal., 1st., 2 Yr. N. W. Jennings 

Nappanee, Indiana, C. E. Kolb 

Berne, Indiana, 2nd Yr., . . . W. F. Johnson 

Louisville, Ohio, 2nd Yr., Geo. S. Baer 

Johnstown, Pa., 1st Ch., .... J. F. Watson 

Sunnyside, Wash., Chas. H. Ashman 

Denver, Indiana, L. A. Myers 

Bryan, Ohio, G. L. Maus 

Elkhart, Indiana, H. H. Wolf ord 

Sidney, Indiana, L. A. Myers 

Loree, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Linwood, Maryland, E. M. Eiddle 

Conemaugh, Pa., 2nd Yr., L. G. Smith 

Akron, Ind., (New Highland), D. A. C. Teeter 

Ft. Scott, Kansas, Mrs. L. C. Webb 

Clay City, Indiana, Geo. W. Kinzie 

Eoann, Indiana, W. E. Eonk 

Tiosa, Indiana, Ora I. Oxley 

New Paris, Indiana, Ora I. Oxley 

Fremont, Ohio, H. M. Oberholtzer 

Fostoria, Ohio, M. S. White 

Oakville, Indiana, A. E. Staley 

Berlin, Penna., I. B. Trout 

North Liberty, Indiana, C. C. Grisso 

Dutchtown, Indiana, Homer Anderson 

North English, Iowa, W. H. Miller 

Fillmore, Calif., Sylvester Lowman 

Meyersdale, Pa., 2nd Yr., E. D. Burnworth 

Whittier, Calif., A. V. Kimmell 

Dallas Center, Iowa, K. F. Porte 

New Lebanon, Ohio, L. B. Wilkins 



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CAMPAIGN NOTES 

The report this week will include the re- 
sults at Cambria, Huntington, Eoanoke, and 
Corinth. I visited these churches in the or- 
der in which I have mentioned them. 
Cambria 

This church has a good record for producing 
preachers, it being the church in which 
Brethren J. Alien Miller, W. H. Miller, Mar- 
tin Shively, and L. A. Hazlett were ordained 
to the ministry. 1 came to this place after 
the canvass at Flora. This congregation had 
been pastorless for a considerable time, until 
some months ago when Brother L. A. Hazlett 
took charge. The work has had its discour- 
agements and losses in the past and the peo- 
ple felt that they could do but little for the 
cause of endowment. However, it seemed 
impossible to me that the home congregation 
of Brother J. Allen Miller should fail entire- 
ly in this great movement for the College. 
Accordingly we put forth a special effort and 
succeeded in bringing Cambria up to $103. OU. 
However, I want to say that a woman in 
this congregation who has given two brothers 
to the ministry also gave a note which went 
forward making possible this showing for 
Cambria. I was here two nights and a day 
and I am greatly indebted to Sister Cameron 
for seeing that I was taken over the field, and 
for keeping me in her hospitable home. 

Brother Jonathan Swihart lives compara- 
tively close to Cambria. I had met Brotlier 
Swihart once at conference long ago. But 
I was anxious to see him again, mainly be- 
cause I had been in the churches in Indiana 
which he organized, and there are certainly 
not a few of them. Consequently I went to 
see him, and it was both a pleasure and an 
inspiration to me. Of necessity it was a short 
visit but we made mighty good time while 
we were together. I found Brother Swihart 
in fairly good health and happy. His kind of 
religion doesn't make folks grouchy and 
grumpy, it makes them happy. I have met 
plenty of Brethren folks in this campaign who 
have more acres and many more dollars than 
Brother Swihart, but I did not meet any that 
I think were any more happy and hopeful 
than he is. Money is a fine thing to have 
when one needs it, but I am very sure there 
are some things better than money and money 
can't buy them either, and happiness is one 
of them. My visit to the Swihart home 
caused me to think of a good many things 
but space will not permit me to speak o. 
them now. But I am glad that the privilege 
came to me to make this little visit. 

Huntington 

Huntington being a mission point I had 
not intended to make a canvass there for en- 
dowment. However, I was given to under- 
stand by Brother J. W. Brower, the pastor, 
that Huntington refused to be passed by in 
that sort of a way. And so from Cambria 
I came to Huntington and preached there 
three nights to fair sized audiences. On the 
last night I was there it was my pleasure to 
install the newly elected teachers and officers 
of the ' Sunday school for the ensuing year. 
Our stay at Huntington was a real pleasure. 
Brother Brower took us around in his Ford 
and kept us most comfortably in his home. 



The result for the College was $236, a g^reat 
record for a mission point. The notion is 
gradually stealing over me that some of our 
older, stingy congregations will have to go 
to some of our little mission. churches to learn 
a few lessons on giving, also the relation be- 
tween Christian giving and Christian growth. 
I am seeing new meaning every day in the 
two quotations: "To give is to live." "To 
deny is to die. ' ' My prayers are for Hunting- 
ton. In a strong Dunkard field such as Hunt- 
ington, our church there ought to have a great 
future. 

Boanoke 

Brother Frank Johnson from Berne is 
preaching at Koanoke now. There are very 
few Evangelists going into this congregation; 
and, as I have said often in former notes, 
I think I can see a big difference in my work 
for endowment in a congregation where the 
people read the church paper. I only got 
$138 at Eoanoke. I say "only" because 
Eoanoke could have done better than that 
and should have. I found at this place a 
former Ashland student, and by the generous 
gift he made to the cause he proved what 1 
say often in the work, viz., that some of the 
most loyal, faithful friends Ashland College 
has are among the men and women who have 
been there in years past. And in fairness I 
am bound to say that if it had not been for 
the gift from that former student the report 
would have been rather thin from Eoanoke. 
I will say frankly though kindly that in my 
judgment Eoanoke church is like some more 
in the brotherhood in that it is dying because 
it keeps everything at home. That is the sur- 
est way I know of for a church to kill itself. 
I know it will do the work for I am seeing 
striking proofs of it every now and then. I 
had a very pleasant visit with Brother John- 
son while there and Brother John Brumbaugh 
kept me in his home. Thanks for the kind- 
ness. 

Connth 

Corinth church is three miles in the coun- 
try from Twelve Mile, and Brother C. A. 
Stewart is the pastor. He met me at Peru 
with Ms Ford and away we went for Corinth. 
I preached several nights to good sized audi- 
ences, and the Eeed home was our stopping 
place while at Corinth. To say that we were 
well treated in this home and in all the homes 
into which we went is stating it very mildly. 
The result here was $441. It ought to have 
been even $500 but we could not quite swing 
it to that point. Here we found another for- 
mer Ashland student that hit the endowment 
proposition in good, sound fashion. Brother 
Stewart took me over his congregation in his 
Ford and I found in him a fine, friendly co- 
worker. He was anxious that his people 
should make good in this campaign, and I 
could ask for no better help than he gave me. 
This is also the home church of Brother D. A. 
Hopkins. It was my privilege to visit him in 
his home at Twelve Mile, and also to preach 
to him one night. I found him interested in 
the success of the campaign for endowment. 

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LAKE ODESSA, MICHIGAN 

Coming from South Bend to take up the 
pastorate of the Campbell church we arrived 
at Freeport, Michigan, Saturday evening 
about eight o'clock. It was pouring down 
rain, but regardless of that the brethren were 
at the station to meet us. On Sunday morn- 
ing we were taken to the church and there 
found a goodly number of the faithful mem- 
bers out to Sabbath school and for the preach- 
ing services. Wc are well impressed with the 
work here and find that the people are of a 
line class. Thej^ are willing workers and all 
seem to be about their Father's business. We 
have a fine field in which to work and feel 
that great things can be accomplished for 
God here if we do our part. Let me ask the 
Brethren everywhere to pray for us. 

M. V. GAREISON. 



WHITE GIFTS OF VICTORY AND PEACE 
The following "White Gifts" received 
since last report: 

Washington, D. C, $ 50.00 

Carleton, Neb., 96.35 

Modern Mary's Class, Lanark, 111., 6.60 

North Liberty, Ind., 21.52 

Morrill, Kansas, 34.91 

Center Chapel, Ind., 6.25 

Beaver City, Neb., 50.00 

Hamlin, Kansas, 23.30 

Dallas Center, Iowa, 18.41 

Leon, Iowa, 2.17 

Crown, Iowa, 3.80 

Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, 304.00 

Total $ 617.31 

Previously Reported, $1197.62 

Grand Total, $1814.93 

Conemaugh again leads the procession in 
the amount given. Last year she led all other 
schools and this year she beats her own rec- 
ord with a 90 percent increase. 

You can't down Brother Smith on the finan- 
cial feature. 

ALBERT TRENT, 
General Secretary-Treasurer." 



COLLEGE COENERS 

We take pleasure to reporting to the church 
at large, what we are doing at College Cor- 
ners. We have finished the canvass for Ash- 
land College endowment. I was with Brother 
Beachler on the job. College Corners went 
over the top and that makes us feel that wc 
have two lo^'al churches, considering the con- 
dition these two churches are in at this time. 
The one has just built and the other must 
remodel this year or worship out of doors. I 
believe $1,000 was an excellent gift. The 
Brethren church school will mean more to us 
now. We are glad for one thing; that when 
Brother Beachler has received the last dollar, 
and if he should be so lucky as to get more 
than $100,000, College Corners and Dutchtown 
can say they helped to do it. And if he fails, 
some churches can say if we would have done 
as good as Dutchtown and College Corners, he 
would have gotten more than ho asked for. 
I told you some time ago that we were going 
to make the big churches step some, and we 
are doing it. Of course, wc are stepping some 
too to do it. Brother Bame, ' ' Now then do 



it" appeals to us and we are doing it. You 
see where Dutchtown went on goal 9? Now 
then watch College Corners do it too. We are 
using the same man power to do it, with the 
exception of a little " tire 'trouble. " You 
would laugh to see Brother Beachler and I 
working the man power system between 
Brother White 's and the church. Sometimes 
Brother Beachler would get stuck in the mud 
and his rubber tires would come off. I am 
glad Brother Beachler hit this place when he 
did with such roads that the famous Ford had 
to run on low all the time and machines stuck 
right in front of the church door. We were 
glad even to get to church on foot. But there 
never was finer weather overhead. 

I am here first to help the church to a high- 
er standing and a closer relationship to God, 
and to help the homes to a fuller and more 
Christian fellowship with each other. Putting 
he Evangelist in every home helps. There are 
a lot of pastors that have held our Publish- 
ing Company back and robbed their churches 
of the paper. And some have robbed Ash- 
land College of students by never asking a 
young man to go to Ashland. These fellows 
are as the one vrho was not dead but sleeping. . 
I did not take this job to sleep. Faith with- 
out works is dead. Surely we have a lot of 
dead ones or else a lot that sleep. 

HOMER ANDERSON. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



LOWEEY-McCUNE— Mr. Glen Lowry and 
Miss Gretchen McCune were united in mar- 
riage at the home of the bride, near Garwin, 
Wednesday evening, January 15. These are 
splendid young people of the community and 
are members of the Carlton Brethren church. 
We bespeak many blessings for them as they 
journey through life together. Ceremony by 
the undersigned, 

EOBERSON-TYEEE— On January 20th, 
at 17 Third St., N. E., Roanoke, Virginia, Mr. 
Stei>hens B. Roberson and Miss Mable L. Ty- 
ree were united in Holy Matrimony. The 
ceremony was performed by the writer in the 
presence of a number of invited guests. 

L. G. WOOD. 



IN THE SHADOW 



SMOUSB — David M. Smouse was born at 
Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1847, 
and died at Altoona, Pennsylvania, October 
20, 191S at the age of 71 years, six months 
and 21 days. He was married December 25, 
1871 to Miss Mary Crofford. To this umon 
were born two sons. 

Brother Smouse was from early manhood 
a true follower of Christ. He was a I'liarter 
member of the Brethren church at Altoona, 
the first deacon of the congregation, a:i(l lor 
a nuniber of years the church treasurer. I'or 
a number of years back he was known among 
the Brethren as "Father Smouse." He was 
by nature quiet and reserved, but was always 
ready with a word of advice and timely sug- 
gestion. He served his generation well End 
leaves to mourn their loss his wife and two 
sons, five grandchildren and a host of friends. 
W. C. BENSJIOFF. 



Business Manager's Corner 

THE BRETHREN ANNUAL AND CONFER- 
ENCE MINUTES 

Many anxious inquiries have been received 
concerning the Brethren Annual and Confer- 
ence Minutes of late. We have kept silent 
about this because just when we should have 
finished up this work before the Holida3's the 
influenza ej)idemic and shortage of competent 
help came upon us and we were forced to lay 
tlie Conference Report aside in order to get 
the .Sunday school supplies out. And even 
then many of the supplies went out late. 
However we have run the second section of 
the Minutes oif the press and the third sec- 
tion is ready to be run. We hope to have the 
entire book ready to mail very shortly now, 
and we will mail a supply to all the pastors 
and ask them to help dispose of them. If the 
pastors do not lend their aid in this way it 
will mean a large loss to the Publishing 
House which it is not in a position to with- 
stand at this time. 

The price of the Report is twenty-five cents 
for single copies. Six cojiies or more will be 
sold to pastors at twonty cents each, so they 
may realize a small amount for disposing of 
them. We ask everybody to help that the en- 
tire edition nu^y be sold out. 
Mailing Trouliles 

All publishers are having more or less diffi- 
culty in getting their supplies delivered 
promptly through the L^nited States mails. It 
is not for us to criticise because few of us 
know the complexities of the great postal sys- 
tem of America, but we ask all our custo- 
mers to be patient as we ourselves must be 
in regard to the matter. 

We are instituting a new and up-to-date 
mailing system for the Evangelist and are 
having the names transferred to the stencil 
system. This is a big task when the thou- 
sands of names are considered, and some er- 
rors may occur, and some subscribers may get 
two papers each week while some may be 
accidentally omitted entirely from the list. 
In either case please notify us pi'omptly and 
the correction will be made. 

On January fourth we sent a list of several 
hundred names to Cleveland to be stenciled 
and the entire list was lost in the mails. We 
have been doing our best to trace it down or 
to duplicate the names and we think we have 
them all located now, but still if any subscrib- 
ers are not getting their papers we wish their 
pastors would explain the situation to them 
and let us know about it. 

How the List Grows 

Y'cs, the list grows just as the pastors or 
interested ones in the congregations deter- 
mine to make it grow. The pastor's part has 
been indicated by one Ohio pastor who was 
the first pastor in the state to get his church 
to adopt the budget system for the Evange- 
list, and then to repeat it the second year; 
and only recently he took up the work in an- 
other charge and a few days ago sent in a list 
from New Lebanon, Ohio, that is about eight 
hundred percent larger than the old list. Go 
to it Brother Wilkins, we are with you and 
we trust you may be able to duplicate the 
achievement in the other half of your present 
charge. R. R. TEETEE, 




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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Creating a Spiritual Epidemic — Editor, 2 

Editorial Eeview, 3 

Four Year Program — Charles A. Bame, 4 

Lincoln, a Man Loved by All — Melvin A. Stuckey, 5 

A Tribute to a Christlike Man — G. C. Carpenter, 6 

Prayer as a Eactor in Evangelism — Erancis J. Eeagan, 6 

Church Unity (a Sermon) — Clarence E. Kolb, 8 

The Test of a Christian's Faith — Lois Frazier 9 

A Church with a Splendid Record — J. F. Watson, 10 



Positive Religion in Education — A. E. Weaver, 10 

Ashland's Afterglow of Endeavor Night — Prof. J. A. Garber, ... 11 
What Has Christian Endeavor Done for You? — Margaret E. Bang- 
hart, 11 

Our Christian Endeavor Compass — C. L. Anspach, 11 

Has the Old Time Martyr Spirit Died Out?— Editor, 12 

News from the Field, 12-15 

The Tie That Binds, 15 

In the Shadow, 15-16 

Business Manager 's Corner, ,16 



EDITORIAL 



Creating a Spiritual Epidemic 



'Churches and communities have been greatly disturbed and their 
normal activities have been disarranged, if not brought to a com- 
plete standstill during the last few months by the epidemic of Span- 
ish influenza. As it swept over community/ state and nation there 
was no activity unaffected by its presence and nothing seemed to be 
able for a while to stop its ravages. What if a spiritual epidemic 
should start in some quarter and sweep community after community 
as did this dread disease! What changes might be wrought! What 
business methods be changed! What social engagements, inter- 
rupted! What political plans, disarranged! What immorality and un- 
godliness, put under the ban! Who can tell what would happen if 
our country should be swept by such an epidemic? Whatever the 
changes, they would bo welcomed rather than dreaded. 

But whoever heard of a spiritual epidemic? Well, perhaps not 
many jjeople; not very often, at least. But there have been such 
epidemics. One in particular, we read of in the second chapter of 
The Acts. And the strange thing is that the Apostles were to blame, 
humanly speaking, for starting it. We conclude, then that it is pos- 
sible to create an epidemic. And if it is possible, had we not better 
bend our energies in that direction, rather than allow our minds to 
be too much disturbed by the influenza and thus to help to spread 
it? 

But how was it done? The prescription is found in the first 
eight verses of the above named chapter. It is quite a valued pre- 
scription and it would be well if we should use it much. 

Harmony is the first essential, for we read, ' ' They were with 
one accord. ' ' Spiritual zeal cannot flow from one life to another un- 
less the various associating Christians are in accord one with an- 
other. There is nothing that so surely and quickly makes one immune 
to the spiritual zeal and aims of another as discord. If we want to 
spread a spiritual contagion in our churches and throughout the 
brotherhood until it shall become an epedemio, we must continue, 
and increasingly so, in accord one with another. Success has come 
to us in the past when we have worked in harmony and unity. 

The second important thing is to get together. ' ' They were all 
with one accord in one place." It is always true; when people are 
in jjerfect harmony they like to get together. And it is only the 
harmonious people who can be in one place. Discord always causes 
separation. So long as perfect harmony exists there witl be a genu- 
ine desire to get together in congregational assemblies and in state 



and national conferences. And this will contribute in a wonderful 
way to the spread of a spiritual epidemic. 

A very important ingredient in this prescription is the infilling 
with the Holy Spirit. "And suddenly there came a sound from 
heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, . . . and they were all filled 
with the Holy Spirit." It has ever been that God's Spirit was man- 
ifest when his children were come together in perfect accord in his 
house. It is possible for us to have a manifestation of the Holy 
Spirit's presence in our churches today and to feel the thrill of its 
power in every individual life, and all this in such measure that it 
\vill appear as a rushing mighty ■wind. There is no reason why, if 
the conditions are fulfilled, there should not be a pentecostal wave 
sweeping over every community with such irresistible force that thou- 
sands would be received into the Kingdom and hosts of those that 
are feeble in life and weak in faith would be strengthened and re- 
assured. Such a blessing waits only for God's presence and power 
consciously possessed by all those who call themselves by the name of 
Christ. When once we possess it, the fact will become evident to 
all beholding, we cannot conceal it. Others will catch fire from our 
holy zeal, and they in turn will spread the good contagion wherever 
they go. This infilling with the Holy Spirit, this enduement of power 
is the one absolutely essential thing in the creation of a spiritual 
epidemic. 

The next natural thing to do is to .speak at the direction of the 
Holy Spirit. ' ' They began to speak in other tongues as the spirit 
gave them utterance." No one was needed to urge them to speak 
publicly or privately concerning the things of God. They were eager 
to tell the story that had meant so much to their lives. This char- 
acteristic was evident to all. And more than that, it was evident that 
they spoke differently than they had been wont to speak. They spoke 
of different things, spoke in a different tone of voiec and in a differ- 
ent spirit. They spoke a different language, in fact; before they had 
spoken an earthly language, now they spoke a heavenly. And the 
sooner the Christian people of today come to speak in "different 
tongues" as the Spirit gives them utterance, the sooner will all lands 
be swept with an epidemic of religious fervor. 

The next factor is men susceptible to the good contagion. "And 
there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every na- 
tion under heaven." It was these devout men, these sincere, serious- 
minded men, who became the good soil into which fell the good seed 



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of the gospel, bringing forth, such manifold fruit. These were the 
ones who, when the report of the preaching and the Spirit-filled men 
reached them, went out to hear them. And we will always find ser- 
ious, seeliing souls ready to receive the word if we are willing and 
zealous enough to speak it. 

Another thing that will help to create a spiritual epidemic i.s 
advertising. The evangelistic campaign of Pentecost was "noised 
abroad." It doubtless was not paid advertisement, but it was a.. 
vertisement just the same, and effective. More and more people be- 
gan talking about it as the reports spread, as reports do, until every 
one in the community knew about it. That is one thing that helped 
greatly to spread the influenza scare — people were everywhere talk- 
ing about it. If we had talked about spiritual things as much as 
we talked about the influenza, how long do you suppose it would have 
taken to have gotten an epidemic raging throughout the land? 

Notice that the advertising and the spirit-fllled men drew a crowd. 
' ' When the report was spread abroad the people came together until 
there was a grat multitude. " It is always so. People go to the 
place that everybody is talking about. And they will also go where 
it is reported that there are spirit-filled men. It would go a great 
way towards taking our communities for Christ and guaranteeing 
crowds for the churches if every preacher and the membership of 
every church could gain a reputation for being spirit-filled and for 
speaking with heavenly tongues. 

It is important to remember that the mystery of the spiritual, 
though it puzzles men yet attracts them. "When the people came 
they were confounded." This was a strange thing they saw and 
these were strange words they heard. The Holy Spirit had trans- 
formed the disciples, they were so different in every way, and the 
people could not understand it. Even so, for the "mind of the flesh 
cannot discern the things of the spirit." It was so fascinating be- 
cause ii was so strange and mysterious. The more spiritual men and 
churches are the more mysterious and at the same time the more at- 
tractive they are. Here is a great secret of the spread of this holy 
contagion. 

But the thing that most confounded them was the fact that 
every man heard in his own tongue. The language was not strange 
to any one; it was the lanbuage of his own heart. The words answer- 
ed the deep needs of every soul, and changed their attitudes and de- 
sires. The story of the cross and the empty tomb is just as vital 
today as then, and men are still being confounded when they hear 
it in their own heart's language. Men are astonished beyond meas- 
ure at the wonderfully gripping, overcoming influence of the Word 
when spoken by spirit-filled men in a spirit-filled church. Here is the 
torch that will set every soul aflame. 

First, may we permit the good contagion to take firm hold of our 
own lives — each and every member of the Brethren church, and then 
may we go forth to tell it live it and act it until a mighty spiritual 
epidemic shall be raging throughout the land. 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 

You will be interested in the Sunday School page this ■^veck. 
Turn to it and look and read. 

A telegram just arrived from the Muncio Mission requesting the 
prayers of the brotherhood. Signed by the pastor, J. L. Kimmel. 

The Ashland Christian Endeavorers had a most excellent meet- 
ing recently and they are sharing some of the good things with our 
readers in this issue. 

From Cerro Gordo, Illinois, comes a word from Brother D. A. C. 
Teeter. He has been greatly hindered in his work by the epidemic but 
hopes to get things going aright soon. 

Brother Z. T. Livengood enjoyed the privilege of ministering to 
the AVaterloo, Iowa, brethren during Brother Goughnour's absence. 
It was doubtless a case of good friends meeting good friends. 

We have another brief report from Brother Lowman, pastor of 
the young enthusiastic church at Fillmore, California. If that church 
maintains it 's present enthusiasm it has a bright future before it. 

Brother Lytic reports his work at Burlington and Darwin in this 
issue. He conducted his own revival at Burlington and met with 
good success, ten souls having been added to the church. He is op- 
timistic about both his churches coming up on the work laid out in 
the Four Year Program. Optimism has much to do with winning. 



The Sergeantsville-Calvary circuit in New Jersey is reported in 
this issue by the pastor. Brother Sands. They have been very busy 
in spite of the ' ' flu. ' ' Brother Sands knows how to make use of his 
neighboring ministers and missionaries and doubtless his success with 
his parishioners is due largely to the same ability to use people. 
Most folks want to be used. That he enjoys the affection of his 
people is shown by the fact that one good brother gave him a check 
of sufficient size to buy a horse. 

The work at Gratis under the leadership of Brother peekley has 
been moving forward. In the revival conducted by the pastor 23 
souls were added to the church. You will be interested in reading 
his report in this issue. 

Brother A. S. Menaugh reports for the Goshen church great bless- 
ings on a recent Sunday. After reading his report and remembering 
the recent report of Brother Bauman, it might not be out of place to 
recall the words of the Master: "One soweth and another reapeth. " 

A letter from Brother E. E. Roberts of Philadelphia, speaks appre- 
ciatively of the Evangelist and also states that the work of the Third 
church and Sunday school is moving along nicely. On a recent Sun- 
day, the school reached "high water" mark, with 141 present and 
an offering of nearly $6.00. Brother Baumau is expected to hold a 
revival there in the near future. 

Brother A. E. Thomas tells of his evangelistic tours for the fall 
and winter and of the interruptions he has had in common with other 
evangelists. We had the pleasure of working with him at North 
Georgetown and have already born witness to the good interest his 
preaching had created until the omnipresent "flu" stopped operations. 
It is encouraging to learn of the splendid success that attended his 
and the pastor's eft'orts at Columbus, Ohio. 

Brother ilcBride a member of the Dayton church reports the 
evangelistic campaign conducted at Camden, Ohio, by Brother Bau- 
man. The meeting was very successful, resulting in 23 conversions 
and the Camden people were able to meet their financial obligations 
connected with the revival without the assistance of the Mission 
Board. A church that is able to do things in that manner will not 
remain a cnarge of the Mission Board long, but will doubtless 
soon be self-supporting and helping other mission points. 

Brother C. A. Stewart who is now living at Bunker Hill, Indiana^ 
reports his work at both Loree and Corinth. We are pleased to have 
Brother Stewart get into print. He is one of the goodly number of 
Indiana's young ministers who arc making good. He sees a bright 
future for the work at Loree, because of the bunch of exceptional 
young people there and also because the whole church is unusually 
active. Things seem to be looking up at Corinth, also. A very prac- 
tical piece of service is their adoption of three French orphans, 
which means their support. 

Brother Bame comes to the pastors and congregational key-men 
with what he says is his last urgent appeal for this report. If the 
report does not show up well it will not be his fault. He has done 
more than should have been required of any man. We can't recall 
having said that our Genei'al Director had "said enough," as he sug- 
gests, we want him to feel free to "say on" as much as seems to be 
necessary, but surely our good pastors and local key-men should not 
expect him to continually "say on" without giving any heed. This 
program is in the interest of the whole church and every individual 
church and pastor, as the General Director or any departmental 
director. So let us all co-operate and do it now. Never put off till 
tomorrow what you can do today. 

Two Sunday schools have agreed to send an oft'ering for the bright- 
ening up of first page and one has already sent m a nice check. Who 
else wants in on this proposition? Every school or other organization 
sending at least $3.00 will have the privilege of having its name run 
in connection with the cut it pays for. A great number of our read- 
ers are expressipg their appreciation of the appearance of the Evan- 
gelist, but some have also said it would be a still further improvement 
if we should run more pictures in our paper. With this we are very 
muca in agreement, and we would if we could. But at present the 
Publishing Company is unable to finance such a plan. And this plan 
occurs to us to be the way out of the difficulty. It will mean a bur- 
den upon no school, and yet all may share the joy of helping just a 
little. There are doubltess many schools that will be eager to co-op- 
erate in this way. Who will be the next to send us an offering of 
from $3.00 to $5.00? When you write, address the Editor. 



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FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM PAGE 

Conducted by Charles A. Bame 



Help! Help! 

The cry of despair has come from one camp, at least. 
Here are the words of the disconsolate cry for help: 

Dear Brother Bame: 

What are we to do vnth. (Name of State) ? To date 
but seven pa-stors comprising eight congregations have re- 
ported and this includes my oAvn. If you can say anything 
to move them, say on; or if you can tell how to get the re- 
ports, I will go after them. Some of the largest have not 
yet reported. Signed District Director. 

What Shall I Say? 

The good editor last week released me from further re- 
sponsibility, as I interpreted it. As I remember, he said 
I had said enough, and the very next mail says "say some- 
thing" so we can get reports. Now, I think I had better not 
say. I have thought so many things that would not look 
well in print, that "keep mum" would be a good motto for 
me. I will say, however, that if the pastors will not respond 
to calls for help in a time like this, they may have the 
chance to do the calling themselves. I want all to know that 
I do Jiot spend a half day every week on this page for the 
name of it. I shall not appear again for a long time and if 
there is not a showing worth while in the number of reports, 
someone else can do the rest of the calling. Why do men 
need to be coaxed to do the thing they said they would do ? 
Are they cowards and afraid to be measured by the progress 
of their fellow pastors or is there an ulterior motive? Is it 
criminal or carelessness? 

What Leaders Say 

Vice Moderator M^olford said recently in a letter to me, 
' ' To me, the church is facing the crisis of its history and no 
note of failure or let-up dare be sounded. I am not at all 
pessimistic of the final outcome of the church. But I do be- 
lieve that as a small denomination we must put forth our 
most strenuous efforts on a progressive program of service." 

Now, that has a right ring. You may be assured that 
Wolford will be right there with his report. But there is no 
more reason why he should than that you should. Wolford 
has it right about the small denomination. A progressive 
program of service is essential. If you do not agree, then 
read this: 

The centenary program, which includes the Methodist 
Episcopal church in the United States and all other coun- 
tries, calls for a great reconstruction effort which Avill mean 
1,000,000 Methodists teaching, 4,000,000 praying, 50,000 new 
ministers, teachers, deaconesses and other religious workers, 
and the raising of a fund of $85,000,000. 

Now, there is lio mere voting on resolution in that. It 
nas already been organized. When one of the leaders of 
that movement called for 10,000 lajmien for a certain task, 
he got 50,000 volunteers; Among them were governors of 
states. 

Think of that and then read this : 
Pay Soldier Students 

When Secretary Lane provides his villages of farmers 
for the returning soldier boys, this fund also will be ready 
to put in a church Avhich will show motion pictures and have 
recreational equipment. 

Ten thoiTsand Methodist young men dropped out of col- 
lege to enter the army and navy. All of these, Avho will 
agree to come back to college, will be promised $250 a year 
so long as they stay in school. 

One of the big, successful pastors who is making this 
wonderful program in the M. E. church is Christian P. 
Reisner. Some of the other features of their program is 
strikingly set forth in the following : 

It is a misappropriation of money for a church to invest 
thousands of dollars and then keep its doors open only one 
or two days a week. Most church plants can be equipped 



to fui-nish social rooms properly equipped for young men. 

The boys in the army found they could have fun with 
basketball, wrestling and various forms of games without 
the acceleration or the accopapaniment of booze. 

Because of her social service program, Leon Trotzky, 
permitted the Methodist church to stay in Petrograd, when 
every other church was expelled. 

The mission is already arranging to open churches in 
Prance, Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria and in almost all 
of the other European countries. She insists that to make 
the American type of democracy safe in the world, the 
American type of church must be established. 

Now, I do not say that we should copy that program — ■ 
indeed, we could not if we would. But many people could 
learn a lot from such successful men as Reisner who took 
Avhat was called the "tomb of Denver" a great church build- 
ing and made it swarm with Christian activity so much that 
he attracted the admiration of the Christianity of the entire 
country. We have our program; its dates are definitely set. 
They shall not be changed in the least; but Brethren, it is 
silly and senseless to need to be coaxed to do a duty so 
easily discharged and so full of value to the progress of the 
kingdom. 

Most of you will have time enough to get your cards to 
me before the 15th of February and if you have been neg- 
lectful, just show your willingness to again enter the race 
by sending your belated report directly to me. That is the 
best possible now. February I5th, District Directors! 
BAME. 

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hear the preacher pray and plead for support, and go home 
to hear no one's voice in praver until the next service. We 
have adopted the practices of the apostolic church to a large 
degree but Ave must swing a few more points in the direction 
of the apostolic home life. "Salute the church that is in 
their house," said Saul of Prisca and Aquila. This is the 
institution before which we should stand at attention. What 
do we mean by the church? The church is not a building 
made with hands, the church of Christ is the heart of a 
believer and his home is the place where the church lives. 
Sociology tells us that the family "is the most constant fac- 
tor among varying social organizations. " " Genetically it is 
the whole social world in epitome. . . the center from which 
flow many impulses of social life." (Blackmar and Gillin). 
We rise in righteous anger and cry out because the Bible is 
taken from our public schools and in the same breath resent 
its intrusion into the drawing room or an effort to have it 
read around the center table. 

The prayer meeting is for the "faithful few" and be- 
cause they are faithful the church lives, and because they 
are few, the church is timid and her spirit feeble, and her 
progress slow as she carries the faithless many on the prayers 
of the faithful few. The scripture says that Elijah must 
first come and restore all things. We are afraid he will not 
be popular as he was the chief prayer meeting man of his 
day. On Mount Carniel he "repaired the altar that was 
thrown dov/n" and prayed "Oh Jehovah, let it be known 
this day that thou art God in Israel." We can imagine 
him returning to close all but mid-week service, while he 
makes a "house to house" canvass to repair the altars that 
are thrown down, and as he ' ' prayed earnestly that it might 
not rain" we can hear him cry, "Oh Jehovah, hear me that 
the people may know that thou art God." Luther set Europe 
on fire with "the just shal live by faith;" Calvin made men 
fall before God's sovereignty; Moody came after the war 
with "God is love;" the pi-ophet who will turn many to 
righteousness in this generation must secure the co-opera- 
tion of the home by family altar and reach goal one for the 
church universal. ' ' Lord teach us to pray. ' ' 



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Lincoln, a Man Loved By All. bv Meivin a. stuckey 



Among the great men who have been native to the soil 
of the New World, Abraham Lincoln stands the peer of all. 
There are two American names always closely associated, 
because those who bore them met so grandly all the stren- 
uous requirements of the two most critical epochs of Amer- 
ican history. And it may be that Washington outstrips Lin- 
coln a little in glory, but Washington is not a product of 
American civilization, though he poured his life out for 
America and became the "Father of our Country." But 
Lincoln was truly the product of American soil and fought 
his way through greater difficulties than any other, and, 
typical of what America can produce and of what she stands 
for, he is the most popular of all American heroes. Every 
citizen loves his memory and is proud to call him the noblest 
of the soil. 

There is a reason for this. It is not the nature of 
American people, as it is of the French, passionately and 
sometimes unreasonably, to idolize their great men. 

The humbleness of the birth and early life of Lincoln 
is fascinating to American people. In this respect he bears 
a similarity to that of our Lord. The associations of Jesus' 
nativity were all of the hiunblest sort; the very scene of 
his birth was the place of poverty and toil. The birthplace 
of Lincoln was a log hut standing amid the silence of the 
backwoods. Both were of pious but humble parentage. 
Joseph and Mary were excellent examples of the common 
class, but they were careful about the training of the boy 
Jesiis, so that he grew into such strength \inder Crod that 
he could not be moved. Lincoln was borii into the home of 
a common day-laborer, who could neither read nor write, 
yet a man, in spite of his improvidence and ignorance, 
whom everybody loved. The debt Mr. Lincoln owed to his 
shiftless, roving, story-telling father, that pioneer of three 
states, and to his dear little Cliristian mother is beyond cal- 
culation. His mother's early death was a great grief to him. 
Said Lincoln, "All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel 
mother — blessings on her memory." 

If the boyhood of Lincoln and the Christ, and the sim- 
plicity and humbleness of their homes could be compared 
in detail we might find them in many points very similar. 
Little is known of the boyhood of Jesus, but we can imag- 
ine him going about that little home, assisting in the various 
humble tasks. He Avorked with his father in the carpenter 
shop. He helped his mother in the home and ran errands for 
her. The furnishings of the little home and everything with 
which Jesus was surrounded .spoke of the humbleness of the 
parents. Yet in this humility there was the spirit of lofti- 
ness, goodness and strength. The home of Lincoln also was 
humble. In it there was no upholstered furniture, no car- 
pet on the floor, no library except a few borrowed volumes 
of his neighbors, and few if any chairs ; he did most of his 
studying lying on the floor before the fireplace. The very 
humbleness of these homes adds glory to the characters 
which dwelt within. In the one joii find Jesus, who is to 
be knoMTi as the Man of Galilee ; in the other Lincoln, the 
lowly pioneer of the West; in the one Jesus, the carpenter, 
in the other, Lincoln, the rail splitter ; in the one is the Naz- 
arene to become the Savior of the world, in the other, the 
backwoodsman to become the Great Emancipator. 

Lincoln possessed certain worthy inherent qualities 
which characterize him as the typical American. These 
cause us to love him. First he Avas honest and absolutely 
trustworthy in all particulars. How much those truth bear- 
ing anecdotes connected Avith his life mean to the world no 
one can ascertain. He was too honest to be a lavs^er, that 
is, the popular type, whose supreme aim is to win the deci- 
sion regardless of means. Never would he accept a case if he 
did not think his client to be in the right and when a ver- 
dict was given which was not as favorable to the other side 



as he knew it to be just, he interposed, insisting that his op- 
ponent had been allowed too little. Absolute justice seemed 
to be his one aim and passion. Rightly was he called "Hon- 
est Abe," and rightly do men love him for his honesty. . 

We love him, because he was a brave man. Whatever 
was to be done he did it without fear. Lincoln was one of 
the very first to enlist in the Black Hawk war, and was 
chosen captain of his company, over his former employer. 
Amid countless threats of assassination he dared constantly 
to Avalk the streets of Washington by night and unarmed. 
But, his personal bravery was hidden lieneath the splendors 
of his spiritual daring. He was so quiet and unpretending 
that the nation -was long in learning that back of his unas- 
suming manner was a will as unyielding as Grant's, Avhen 
once his mind was fixed, a courage that feared no danger and 
an absolute firmness in the right, as God gave him to see the 
right. God alone knows how this land would have fared 
through the wild surges of that most troubled sea, had a 
weaker and more timid pilot been at the helm. For his 
bravery we may honor him. 

We love him, too, for his wisdom. He had the ruler's 
indLspensible gift — tact in dealing with men. Remember 
how wisely he dealt with Stanton. Recall Avith what infin- 
ite patience he bore Avith McClellan's egotism and dallying. 
In the supreme matter of slavery, hating the cause from his 
heart, feeling bound to preserve it under the constitution 
until the very life of the nation required its removal, hoAV 
for months he Avaited, holding back his proclamation, as- 
sailed on all hands by impatient abolitionists, until military 
necessity justified him in the breach of the constitution! 
Through all the confusions and Avhirhvind terrors of that 
time there Avas one center of jjoAver holding all steady, — a 
plain, quiet man, in a plain room at Washington. His Avis- 
dom saved our country and for that Ave admire him. 

In these days of reconstruction there are timely lessons 
to be learned from the lips and life of Mr. Lincoln. He has 
shoAiTi the Avorld that a person of lowly birth can rise and 
become great. Circumstantial evidence bears out this truth 
in him AA'ho Avas a man of the people and a typical citizen of 
the Republic. Not only the Word of God but the teaching of 
his faArorite poet had sunk deep into his heart, giving him a 
quiet self assurance that enabled him to live up to the text : 
"The rank is but the guinea's stamp. A man's the goAvd 
for a' that." — Burns. 

He gave to the Avorld a Cliristian life. As a man he Avas 
one who, in addition to an unblemished life in the eyes of 
the Avorld, had learned to trust in Providence, to knoAV the 
Bible, to respect the Sabbath, to pray, to Avorship God and 
to love Christ. 

He died in our service and so Ave honor him. That Avas 
the secret of his life and the cause of his death — the service 
of his felloAv men. Some asked, "Why Avas Mr. Lincoln's 
life so mournfully closed?" The ansAver, all doubtful then, 
is clear as daylight uoaa' — that it might Avith all other glories, 
receive the croAvn of usefulness. 

It has been said that Abraham Lincoln liA-ed as a man 
of many sorrows. The shame, the suffering, the hatred of 
the period fell upon him as upon none other. The tragedy 
of the Avar staged itself Avithin his heart until his only re- 
lief A\'as in prayer, as it wan Avith Washington nearly a cen- 
tury before. Some great men Avin respect, others claim reA'- 
erence, a feAV induce fear, but Abraham Lincoln captured 
the love of the nation and of the Avorld. This is the highest 
of tributes. As history advances the generations Avill look 
back on the figure of Mr. Lincoln, toAvering above the IcA^el 
of ordinary men as the Statue of Liberty at the gatcAvay of 
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A Tribute to a Christlike Man. By g. c. carpenter. 



Ou Christmas day he went home to God, "no longer 
to see through a glass darkly, but — face to face." A man- 
sion over there \vas Dr. J. Will)ur Chapman's Christmas 
present. God called the great evangelist, author, and Pres- 
byterian minister to cease his strenuous life here and to en- 
ter the glory life yonder. Only the omniscient God knows 
the extent of the blessed influence of the life of Dr. Chap- 
man. Even the funeral of the great preacher was more an 
evangelistic service than a funeral service, which was in 
keeping with the spii'it of the departed friend of all men. 
The singing and the preaching at that service were evan- 
gelistic. "He being dead, yet speaketh. " Dr. H. A. Banks 
says that the framcAvork of that last silent sermon might 
have been found in the chorus of "One Day," his own com- 
position, and sung so tenderly in that hour. 

' ' Living, He loved me ; Dying, He saved me ; 
Buried, He carried my .sins far away; 
Eising, He justified freely forever: 
One day He's coming — Oh. glorious day." 

Charles M. Alexander, Dr. Chapman's magnetic sing- 
ing mate, was there but could not trust his voice in song or 
tribute. He loved the great evangelist, and said to Mrs. 
Chapman that if he had the wording of her husband's epi- 
taph he would Avrite the above chorus on his tombstone. 

Billy Sunday sent this message: "The Doctor was my 
truest friend. Next to the members of my own family, I 
loved him more than any one else. He started me in my 
life's work, and encouraged me when the battle was hard. 
His love was like a mother's love. I wish I could have seen 
the welcome the angels gave him when he burst through the 
gates into the City. ' ' 

A rare talent for preaching, a passion for souls, enthu- 
siasm for evangelism, a lovable nature that drew men to 
him, fidelity to the fundamentals of the faith, Avere among 
the things emphasized by those who spoke at that last ser- 
vice. Dr. Ottman expressed the conviction that the departed 
would win the crown of life for faithfulness unto death ; the 
crown of glory for feeding the flock of God ; the crown of 
rejoicing for winning soi;ls; and the crown of righteous- 
ness for loving the Lord's appearing. That blessed hope was 
the inspiration of his ministry. 

Dr. Chapman heard Moody preach and there got his 
inspiration for evangelism, and soon after he found himself 
in the midst of a great revival in his OA\n church. Many 
thousands of people in almost all parts of the world answer- 
ed the call to confess Christ in full surrender as the evan- 
gelist pressed home the gospel message. "There was a 
passion in his heart that vibrated as he pleaded." He went 



out of his way to minister to them who were down-and-out. 

"There are hundreds of ministers preaching today over 
the Morld who would not be in the pulpit had not J. Wilbur 
Chapman found them." And we may add that there are 
many hundreds of ministers who are better servants of God 
because of the helpfulness of the life of this great evangelist. 
The writer cannot refrain fi'om giving expression to the 
gratitude he feels for the influence of the life of Dr. Chap- 
man upon his own life in the early years of his ministry. 
The evangelist was a very bu.sy man, but never too busy 
to take a young minister into his study and talk with him 
and encoui-age him, as a father would his son whom he 
loved. He M'as indeed a friend and we loved him. He said 
to one young minister, "you need not be an ordinary min- 
ister of the gospel, you can in Christ be an extraordinary 
one." And in almost countless lives he was a great in.spir 
ation to that end. The passion of his heart vibrated in his 
voice as he talked. One woman converted under his preach- 
ing told Dr. Banks. "There was something even in the tone 
of his voice I could not resist." He like his Master had 
compassion on lost men. 

Dr. Carson, a former Presbyterian Moderator confessed^ 
"I was attending one of his evangelistic meetings and I saw- 
Chapman had something that I had not. I told him so after 
the meeting and we sat up until four o'clock in the morning 
in order that I might learn from him more of that deep pas- 
sion for souls which characterized his preaching. The last 
sermon he preached in my church was from the text, 'That 
I may know him' — as God, Savior, King. As usual he gave 
the invitation, and five men past fifty and two women ac- 
cepted Christ." 

Mr. Aleander said, "Dr. Chapman did not care a great 
deal for the arithmetic of evangelism, in the way of count- 
ing converts, but in fifteen months in Australia three thou- 
sand young men dedicated their lives to the ministry, if God 
would open the way for them to enter it." 

His sermons were not easily forgotten. They were 
clothed in simple language and homely illiistration. The 
Salvation Army circulated one million copies of his sermon 
on the text, "For the Lord Jesus Christ's sake and for the 
love of the Spirit." Many of us heard with great profit his 
sermons at Winona from year to year. Dr. Work says, "Dr. 
Chapman once preached at Winona on the text, ' Thy gentle- 
ness hath made me great. ' I would like to lay this text on 
his bier." 

Surely we were right in saying that only the omnis- 
cient God knows the extent of the blessed iniluenee of the 
life of Dr. Chapman. Thank God for such a life ! He lives 
on not only with his Lord over there but in countless souls 
he helped while he dwelt on earth. 



Prayer as a Factor in Religion. By Francis j. Reagan 



That steward of the mysteries of God, be he either pas- 
tor, evangelist, or teacher M'ho fails of spending literal hoiirs 
in earnest fervent prayei', courts defeat and will succumb 
to spiritual helplessness, and though he with fiery zeal con- 
tinue to pose and speak as an ambassador in behalf of Christ, 
his weakness will be exposed by the Spirit and be apparent 
to himself and his auditors. That church that is a stranger 
to fasting and fi'equent seasons of effectual prayer will be- 
come the harbor of enmities, strife, jealousies, envjnngs and 
all forms of carnality: it will fail in its evangelical mission 
not only but will be the means of planting a degraded con- 
ception in the minds of the unchurched, thereby creating a 
false impression about the organism for which Christ died. 
No amount of Christian activity can take the place of prayer 
in the life of either clergy or laity. We could legitimately 
paraphrase Paul and say, though I speak with the tongues 
of men and of angels . . . have the gift of prophecy, know 
all mysteries, all knowledge, have all faith, bestowd all my 
goods to feed the poor, and give my body to be burned, and 
Have not prayer, it pi-ofiteth me nothing; and the zealous 



pastor could add, and though I hold special meetings, call 
in evangelistic specialists, advertise freely, sing like an oi-iole 
but have not attended diligently Christ's school of prayer, 
it profiteth me nothing. There are certain things Ave ought 
to do, one is to be active in the gospel. There are certain 
things Ave must, one is to be passive in the presence of 
Christ. The former is expedient, the latter is imperative; 
aetiAnty is valuable, prayer is indispensable. 

My subject is ample and far reaching, and it might 
be Avell here to clarify our minds as to the meaning of this 
noble Avord evangelism. We must get rid of the idea that 
evangelism means hiring a preacher to persuade individuals 
Avhom ^ye ought ourselA^es to be persuading, and belicA-e that 
Ave should be as AndrcAv, Avho, Avhen he found Jesiis Avent and 
brought Peter to Jesus ; then Philip found Jesirs and he Avent 
after Nathaniel leading him thither. Bishop McDoAvell ad- 
dressing the Federated Churches on Evangelism tells of hoAV 
the Y. M. C. A. had its origin in George Williams coming 
into vital personal acquaintance Avith Jesus, and forthwith 
proceeding to introduce others to Jesus that he might be. 



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come a Redeemer to them, and ghes the following illumin- 
ating definition of evangelism — "Now in the heart of it, in 
the great depths of it, in the inaccessible heights of it, that 
is evangelism, that one person ^vho knows Jesus Christ as 
his Redeemer, should introduce other people to Jesus Christ, 
that he may become their Redeemer." The New Testament 
picture of the church is the preacher as a leader among 
equals ; equal in salvation, zeal, responsibility. Another 
view shows the disciples — although not giving as much time 
to prayer and the word as the preacher, so filled with zeal 
and the missionary motive that they are continuously wit- 
nessing to the resurrection. If we can see evangelism as a 
mutual responsibility and privilege for all believers with 
special work for the preacher, we can then pray intelligent- 
ly and with expectancy. In reviewing the methods of Paul, 
who next to the Master was the greatest of all evangelists, 
we see that' his doctrine of prayer as a factor in evangelism 
was two-fold : consisting of a I'equest that all chui'ches pray 
for him, coupled with assurance of his unceasing prayer for 
them. We will therefore confine our thought to the church 
in prayer for the preacher and the preacher in prayer foi- 
the church. 

The Preacher Must Pray 

The preacher's first duty to his Master is to give him- 
self faithfully to the word and to the ministry of prayer. 
We will do well to prayerfully consider the opening verses 
of Acts six. We read among other things that, "these were 
the days when the number of disciples Avere multiplying" 
— they were days of revival, and that is what we are longing 
for; and further, "there arose a murmuring among the 
Grecians because their widows were being neglected in the 
daily ministrations." These two conditions might Avell de- 
mand the personal attention of the preachers, but were not 
deemed of sufficient importance as to cause them to leave 
the Word of God and praj'er, "it is not fit that we sliould 
leave the Word of God and serve tables." They appointed 
others to do the minor tasks and said, "we will give our- 
selves steadfastly to the word of God and prayer." Note 
the fruit of such a resolution, "and the Word of God in- 
creased, and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jeru- 
salem exceedingly; and a great company of priests were 

obedient to the faith, and Stephen full of grace and 

power, wrought great wonders and signs among the people 
. . . and they Avere not able to withstand the wisdom and 
the Spirit with which he spake." Here is such a demonstra- 
tion of power through preaching that the priests are swept 
into the faith, and the combined forces of the synagogues 
are powerless to resist the men who dared to witlidraw 
themselves even from important but minor service. "WHien 
will it be said of us brother ministers, "they were not able 
to withstand the vasdom and Spirit vath which they spake?" 
Certainly only when we follow in the way of our peers and 
imitate them in this grandest, hardest, holiest task, of giv- 
ing ourselves steadfastly to "the Word of God and prayer," 
These are the days when ministers under the awful pressure 
of the crying need around us, are living ( ?) on snatches of 
prayer and God's Word, These are the days when we stand 
in our pulpits with a system of doctrine at once perfect and 
complete and yet as powerless as a shorn Samson. It is be- 
cause we desert the word and prayer at every beck and call, 
and run to and fro like chariots serving tables (Many times 
serving them by placing our feet under them to eat, drink 
and be merry. Brother Watson's words are so sure and 
true that they will bear repetition here : "half done sermons, 
and running, racing, calling, tea-drinking parsons have gone 
far to lose the grip of the church on men and to bring the 
ministry into disrepute among them as little business of lit- 
tle men." 

"This kind goeth not out biit by prayer and fasting" 
said the Master to the poor, weak, powerless disciples as they 
stood baffled in the presence of Satan's power, and as we 
rack our brains for "Methods of Church Work" and look 
askance at the appalling darkness around, the same Master 
is seen as of old pointing to the prayer closet saying "go 
in ,shut the door, and your father which seeth in secret will 



reward thee openly." No matter how far we have drifted 
from this apostolic ideal we must come back to the place 
that gives the golden hours of our lives to this sacred seclu- 
sion. Tlie preacher tliat made Felix tremble and almost pei'- 
suaded Aggrippa to be a Christian was wont to instruct Tim- 
othj' after this manner, "Meditate on these things, give 
thyself wholly to them tliat thy pi'ofiting may appear unto 
all." "Preaclier do you ci'ave power? Then let nothing inider 
hea^-en interfere with, those Hours of Steadfastness with the 
Word of God and prayer. S. D. Gordon speaking to stu- 
dents and professors said, "none of us have time to pray, we 
must take time. ' ' In these days one is considered a dreamer 
wlio advocates long hours of seclusion from a needy world. 
One example M'ill suffice to prove that tlie men who do the 
greatest good for the world are the men who spend nmch 
time ajDart from the world in prayer and meditation. George 
Mueller in answer to prayei- founded the famoiis Bristol Or- 
phanage, Bethesda Chapel, the Scriptural Knowledge Insti- 
tution, became the .steward of seven million dollars, and at 
the eve of his eventful life when most men are thinking of 
retiring he began his world-wide evangelistic work in which 
he preached six thousand times to approximately three mil- 
lion people. Dr. A. T. Pierson says that preaching to thou- 
sands and meeting with ministers all over the world could 
not interfere and rob this giant of his hours alone vdth God. 
"Go hide thyself" was Jehovah's first word to Elijah, fol- 
loAved by "Go shew thyself," this is the order of Omnipo- 
tence. The preacher must pray. 

The Preacher Must be Prayed For 

"Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was 
made earnestly of the church unto God for him" (Acts 12 :5). 
Here is a .sight indeed: the man of God in dire distress and 
need and the church in instant and earnest prayer for him. 
Happy oomlnnation of power. . Good is it for that man who 
as he assumes the eternal resijonsibility of representing 
Christ, can feel the shackles fall and the prison doors swing 
open liefore him by reason of a church at prayer. AVho 
knows this need more than the man who stands before God 
to proclaim the obense of the cro.ss to this generation? Who 
can tell his heart ? He needs not good wishes, compliments, 
salai'y, much less complaints or criticisms; he needs God's 
peojale praying hea\en in humble incessant fervent prayer 
for him, and this satisfies his soul as he rises upon the 
strong prayerful sympathetic arms of his people to speak 
the words of eternal life. Paul, who more than any other 
man might have waged a lone fight, never closes an epistle 
without craving the prayers of God's children. "Praying 
alwa.ys with all prayer ... in the Spirit . . . with all per- 
severance and supplication for all stints, and for me, that 
utterance may be given me that I may open my mouth bold- 
ly to make known the mvstery of the go.spel. . . that I may 
speak boldly as I ought to speak (Eph. 6:18-20). The Word 
of God going forth from a praying preacher held up by a 
praying church is a trinity of poA^er that defies resistance. 
When all is said and done, the only evangelism worthy of 
the name is -when the Word of God goes forth, runs its 
course, (either unto life or death) and is glorified. Evangel- 
ism is not coaxing, dragging or scaring a lot of folk.s into 
the church : it is not logic, ethics, ideals nor activity, yet 
possessing all these, it is the legitimate increase of the Word 
of God. Through the medium of the Word, the Spirit, and 
prayer, sinner is saved, saint is edified and God in Christ 
glorified. 

There ai'e two institutions of the church which inquire 
the services of a modern Elijah and which until they are re- 
stored, the church in spite of all she claims to be will .'■:ail 
under false colors. The first and most important is the fam- 
ily altar, and the second is like unto it, the prayer meeting. 
We as a denomination love to keep Jesus' commandments; 
but did he not say my house shall be called a house of 
prayer? When he said my house we think he meant the 
temple or any other hou^e that claims to be a Christian 
home. To many to be a Christian means membership in an 
organization, a few dollars spent, attendance at services, 
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THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



Church Unity Throughout the World. By ciarence e. Koib 

(Sermon preached during Week of Prayer, at union service in the United Brethren church, Nappanee, Indiana.) 



In Galatians 3 :28 the Apostle Paul gives expression to 
these Avords, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is 
neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for 
ye are all one in Christ Jesus." The American version sub- 
stitutes the words can be for the word is which makes the 
statement much stronger. Lest we might assume too much 
and for a clearer understanding of the verse under consid- 
eration it is necessary to refer to the 27th verse, as the 
writer of those who have been baptized into Christ as hav- 
ing put on Christ and he has just written in the 26th verse 
that "ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ 
Jesus. ' ' 

The church is composed of all those who are true be- 
lievers in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is made up of God's 
elect — of those men and women who have been converted 
from sin unto righteousness, from Satan unto Christ, those 
who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and 
have heard the call of the Holy Spirit to newness of life in 
Christ Jesus. By these statements the church can never be 
confused ■with the organizations as they are constituted into 
churches. This distinction is necessary because so frequent- 
ly the world does not remember this difference and so the 
church falls into disrepute. This is the age of the church 
during which the Holy Spirit through the love of God in 
Christ Jesus is calling out a people unto his name from 
among the woi-ld, and in which many special functions are 
committed unto the church which are not given to any other 
body, and which Avill not be accomplished if the church fails 
in it's duty. In this connection we remember that the 
church is the salt of the earth and the light of the world. 
It is the ' ' antiseptic ' ' which God uses to overcome the fester- 
ing sin sores of this world and as children of light (the 
Light) we are to walk in the world. While the church is a 
unit it is composed of individuals the unity of which com- 
pose the whole and each of which make the church more true 
or more false. In proportion to the degree in which we rec- 
ognize the Master and his authority over our lives and the 
work he bids us do, is the church increased or decreased. 

The church is a distinct body. We read "Come ye out 
from among them and be ye separate. ' ' Separation from the 
world and the things of the world is one of the cardinal 
qualities of the church's character. The church is of the 
Lord's own making. Jesus said, "Upon, this rockwill I 
build my church, ' ' referring to the confession of faith Avhich 
Peter had made in Jesus as Christ. The reason of so much 
church trouble and difficulty is right here, that Christ is 
not permitted to be the Master builder. The church is the 
possession of Christ. Again look at the word just given, 
"Upon this rock will I build my church." We are fond of 
saying "This is my church" as contrasted Avith some per- 
son's church. It is my church building provided you have 
put your thirty cents into the building fund. It may be my 
Sunday school, but not my church in the sense of possession 
for the church is Chi-ist's possesion. "Ye are not your own 
for ye are bought with a price." Par better would it be to 
say "I am a member of the church"; to glory in that, and 
not preeminently in your denominational affiliation is far 
better. The church is one organization. "So we being 
many are one body in Christ and every one members one of 
another." God knows we are "many;" I had almost said 
"Legion"; many baptisms, many lords, many creeds, many 
garments, and many everything except converts to Christian- 
ity. That being the condition the only way to solve the 
problem is to follow the inference of these words and be 
every one members of the one body in Christ. I do not know 
how God is going to bring order out of chaos and concord 
out of discord, but I know he will do it, One thing, we ar§ 



not going to get to heaven because we are Methodists or 
Presbytei'ians or even Brethren. 

When Jesus \vas here on the earth he did not organize 
a congi-egation as congregations are now organized, but he 
did call out of the world those who were to be his follow- 
ers and gave them authority to call others and so on, and 
we find his desire for all these when he said ' ' They are not 
of the world (hence of the church) even as I am not of the 
worl'd. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also 
which shall believe on me through their word. That they 
all may be one ; as thou Farther art in me, and I in thee that 
they also may be one in us." The followers of Jesus are 
bidden to remember the love of God in these words, "In 
this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that 
God sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might 
live through him." Then as a climax to this truth come 
these words, "Beloved if God so loved us we ought to love 
one another." This is the touch-stone of the believers inter- 
relation. Where love reigns, strivings, divisions, conten- 
tions cannot exist. Rather, this must be the attitude of the' 
Christian toward his brother or sister unto the uttermost 
part of the earth : "Be kindly aff ectioned one to another 
with brotherly love. Be of the same mind one toward an- 
other. Recompense to no man evil for evil.". When Paul 
was writing to the church at Corinth he said to them, ' ' Unto 
the church of God which is at Corinth. . . . with all that 
in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ" and 
having thus addressed himself to all Christians everywhere 
he says,^ wow I beseech you brethren, by the name of our 
Lord Jesus Christ that ye all speak the same thing, and that 
there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly 
joined together in the same mind and in the same judg- 
ment." Surely such a message is addressed to us as well as 
to all other Christians, that in unity of purpose and in Jesus 
Chi'ist, having his name upon our hearts, we may work the 
works of him that sent us. 

It is therefore evident that in the church which is of 
Christ's making, which is his possession, which he longed 
might be one even as he and the Father are, wherein the 
love of God is the great bond of unity and which has been 
so instructed as we have seen, ' ' let brotherly love continue. ' ' 

Nevertheless the facts, sad as they are, are before us. 
From the day that the first brothers contended together until 
the present brothers have been quarreling. All manner of 
fueds and jealousies, rivalries and hates have been known 
to exist among those united by the closest ties. It has al- 
ways been the natural way of natural man. Esau and 
Jacob, Joseph and his brethren, Ephraim and Judah, conver- 
ted Pharisees in the early church contending against Paul, 
the early and late councils of the ehiirch and the great divi- 
sions resulting in the multitude of sects today, all have been 
contending, in the face of the explicit words of Jesus and 
the Bible. His words remain. They shall remain long after 
the monuments to man's disputings have vanished. Most 
certainly many of the past divisions and those of the present 
have their rightful place. Very frequently they have re- 
sulted in a purer faith, and more faithful adherence to the 
gospel and it is not that today we plead for less love to the 
particular denomination but for more love to the church. 
Time was when differences between denominations caused 
harsh words, fussings, backbitings and a great category of 
evils. For the most part that day is past. Let it rest from 
all it's turmoil. If denominational feelings Avhich militate 
against your fellowshiping Avith your neighbor of another 
denomination and offend the freedom of the spirit still 
exist, get over them. Pray God to Avipe them out of your 
heart. As denominations, we differ as regards interpreta- 
tion of scripture; ebureh government, the ordi»aiices and 



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their administration. Let these be as they may, but remem- 
ber to stress the points of concord. There are many things 
which we can agree upon : God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, hell, 
heaven, sin, death, judgment, resurrection, necessity of holi- 
ness, of Bible study, and prayer and many other subjects 
we agree upon at once. "Whence come wars and fightings 
among you?" If your life is permeated with the love of 
God, whatever j^ou do will be done to the glory of God. It is 
when we behave oui'selves unseemly toward each other or 
seek our own in an unchristian manner or when we are 
easily provoked, when we think evil of our neighbor of an- 
other denomination that discord arises. "A house divided 
against itself shall fall. ' ' 

Today the church on the great battle-front of Christian- 
ity — the mission field — is facing the foe fearlessly, because 
it is fighting as a unit in action. The interest of one de- 
nomination is the interest of every other denomination. The 
foreign boards are planning their strategy here at home and 
the field councils are getting to the attack. No one denom- 
ination can stem the southward sweep of Moslem into Africa, 
but Anth all denominations upon the field in tune with God 
and each other. Central and South Afi'ica will be paved for 
Christ. "We hear with glowing rhetoric and great pleonasm 
and ambiguity of the merits and hopes of a League of Na- 
tions. Par be it from me to pour water on patriotic fires as 
long as God's will is being attempted, but of exceeding great- 
er blessing to the world and the increase of the gospel both 
abroad and at home would be a League of Christians, set 
for the defense of the gospel." 

The gospel is the good news of harmony, the harmony 
of one family; Of whom the whole family in heaven and 
earth is named ; of one Spirit Endeavoring to keep the unity 
of the Spirit; One hope. Looking for that blessed hope and 
the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior 
Jesus Christ; one Brother, one calling, one commission. God 
is unity. His Word speaks of one message. His work is 
planned from the ages and will be consummated in eternity. 
His will is one, saying, I in them and thou in me, that they 
all may be made perfect in me" "For ye are all one in 
Christ." 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 



The Test Of A Christian's Faith 
By Lois Frazier 

Our Scripture 

For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). 

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to 
be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to 
suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the 
pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of 
Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he 
had respect unto the recompense of reward. By faith he 
forsook EgyjDt, fearing the wrath of the king : for he endur- 
ed, as seeing him who is invi;dble (Heb. 11:24-27). Where- 
fore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a 
•sloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin 
which doth so easily beset us. and let us run with patience 
the race that is set before' u"., looking unto Jesus the author 
and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:1-2). 
Our Meditations 

In the second of his letter written to the early Chris- 
tians of that ancient center of Grecian culture, Corinth, not 
so far removed from its past of unprecedented glory, and of 
an unequaled burst of culture, St. Paul yet boldly declares 
the simplicity of the New Way: "For Ave Avalk by faith." 

Until recently I had interpreted those words vdth a very 
different meaning than that which I now believe them to 
hold. My voice had unconsciously or not stressed the faith, 
and my thought had followed the intonation in its empha- 
sjs> Upon reading the words afresh, I chanced to find new 



value in the verb, and in consequence, a hidden richness in 
the thought of St. Paul. 

May we be reading too far afield when we reflect with 
delight that in choosing his figure, the writer of the letter 
selects one typifying the normal manner of movement? He 
says not saunter nor leap nor run, but walk, 

St. Paul, as I believe, was seeking to impress upon 
those legend-ridden people, the naturalness of the effect of 
faith in a life. He Avas striving to show them the religion 
Avhich, basing its tenets upon the miracles of Gethsemane 
and Calvary, resulted in the development of the normal, 
natural mode of living. 

A child CA'en, very early obserA'cs that movement is one 
of the surest signs of life in the higher forms of creation, 
AA'hat apter proof then, could St. Paul have chosen in teach- 
ing the perfect life, than to demonstrate the value of faith 
by naming a dynamic resultant of that great fundamental? 
We walk by faith. 

It may be possible that to the rarely placid soul of a 
Burroughs there is enticement in the passiveness of his 

"Serene I fold my hands and wait — 
Nor care for Avind nor tide nor sea." 

But to the most of us human beings there is an eagerness 
for experience and growth that can find little sympathy Avith 
in his nonchalant 

No more can Ave feel justified in plunging on Avith Hen- 
ley, madly essaying control of all forces of mind and nature 
in his nonchalane 

"I am the master of my fate, 
I am the captain of my soul!" 

One fails to satisfy the reaches of man, the other fails 
to recognize his limitations. 

WALKING steady, natural progress, is the inevitable 
sequence of faith. 

There may be instances of occasional and unusual spurts 
claimed as the fruits of faith, and there may be resignation 
so heroically patient and firm that nothing but the majesty 
of faith could father it, but both of these lie outside the 
realm of the normal. 

The religion of Christ Avas designed for the natural life. 
If the Avorld Avould set a test upon the potency of this relig- 
ion, it can seek no surer method than to examine the product 
of the great fundamental- — faith, as found in the life of an 
adherent to that religion. 

Who dares to examine his OAvn gait and raise his heacj 
guiltless and satisfied? Rather, with the strength of the 
little faith that has already functioned, Ave petition the 
great Source of all faith for fresh supply. 
Our Prayer 

"Our Father God, in the silence of our hearts Ave have 
looked up into thy face and have found that thou art loving ; 
in the Avonders of the hills, the Avaters and the sky, Ave have 
found that thou art infinite ; in the peoples of the Avorld Ave 
have seen thee Avorking ; in their cry of need we have heard 
thee calling. 

As Ave go our Avays to live among those who have not 
seen thee — in the chill of their indifference, in the fire of their 
mockings, in the shadoAvland of their unbelief, grant that 
Ave may hold fast. Keep our spirits broadly aAvake. Help 
us to remember. 

Thou hast not said that life depends upon how we feel, 
and for that Ave thank thee. When feeling goes, help us to 
hold our AA'ills steady, that Ave may live steadily before thee. 

Give us each day to look up into thy face. In laying 
hold of thy strength, help us to forget our Aveakness. In the 
quiet assurance of thy poAver help us to go joyously about 
our business. 

And Avhether thou leadest us into the loneliness of the 
country, the seething of mighty cities, or to thy children 
across the seas; Avhether Ave Avalk by quiet Avaters or are 
thrust into the heat of battle; Avhether the road Avinds up 
into the bright sunlight or doAvn into deep darkness, help 
us to remember that thou, our Lord Christ, art there, even 
as tbow art here,— and thoi] arc light and Ufe and love." 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



A School With a Splendid Record 



By J 



F. Watson, President National Sunday School 



Hurrah for Conemauglil Last year Cone- 
maugh led all the schools of the brotherhood 
by giving the largest "White Gift" offering. 
Like all victors they felt good over their 
achievement, and started out to make the new 
year a record breaker. Well, I guess they did 
in more ways than one. This school had some 
serious setbacks during the year but this did 
not dampen their ardor nor slacken their 
pace in the least. Their superintendent, 
Brother Hayes Parks, died during the year 





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and this meant no little loss as he was a 
splendid man and a fine leader. It was nec- 
essary to select his successor and the yoke 
fell upon Brothr A. W. Ford, who has already 
made good in the work. During the year 
Conemaugh gave live hundred dollars to- 
wards the endowment of Ashland College. 
They meant to make our big schools step 
high if they wanted to stay in the Cone- 
maugh class. This is right to do work for 
the Lord in the right spirit and way. NOW! 
What shall I next say, well here they come 
with a "White Gift" offering nearly doubling 
their last year's offering. I cannot say, just 
what my heart felt about this splendid offer- 
ing and the loyalty of their support to the 
work of our National Sunday School Associa- 
tion. It is a record which ought to spur 
every Sunday school to a full sense of duty. 
THBEE HUNDEED AND FOUR DOLLARS, 
an average of one dollar and thirty cents per 
capita of enrollment. Is there another school 
that can eclipse the record or equal it? If 
there is, come along and I'll give you a write 
up too. Now, this achievement was not the 
result of one man's work. The pastor, L. 
Garvin Smith, lined his people up for a great 
offering and with the co-operation of the su- 
perintendent they raised over one hundred 
dollars more than the goal they started out 
to reach. Now, Smith and Ford make a good 
team to put a "White Gift" offering over in 
real style. They worked together and they 
worked hard and this brought the desired re- 
sults. I attribute Conemaugh 's triumph to 
the fact that they set a goal for their offer- 
ing. They said, "What would be a good rec- 



Value of Positive Religion in Education 



Association 

ord for us?" and when it was settled they 
started out to get it. And they did, and 
more. Now, I knew you would like to see 
the likeness of these leaders, so I have sent 
their pictures with the article. I shall have 
more to say later of other records that are 
worthy of special mention. Our schools 
should forward their offerings at once so that 
our obligations may be promptly met to Ken- 
tucky and the college. Yours for a year of 
achievement. 




A. W. FORD, Superintendent 



Positive religion results in the building of 
right character and consequent right living. 
Thus there is a close relation between positive 
religion and character, and this is opposed to 
the general belief that character is largely 
the result of correct morals even without re- 
ligion. 

The importance of this subject is indicated 
by the fact that a man who has made an in- 
tensive and extensive study of it is offering 
a prize of $20,000 for the best method of 
character education in public schools. True, 
education is broader than that given in the 
public schools, but in a large majority of 
cases this education is the largest factor of 
those making up the general education, ex- 
cepting perhaps that secured in the activities 
of the various pursuits of life. True also that 
the prize is offered for the best method, but 
if the method is important the results desired 
are also important. 

Education is for the purpose of preparing 
us for lifes' duties and religion which is posi- 
tive, results in this preparation, as nothing 
else does. This is self evident when we re- 
member that the Christian religion (and this 
is the religion which is meant whenever the 
term is used in this article) embodies every- 



thing that makes for good — in action as well 
as in character, or perhaps it is better to say 
in action as a result of character. The prin- 
ciples of character and of action taught bj' 
the great Teacher, the basis of which was laid 
before his sojourn upon the earth, are abso- 
lutely necessary in the education that should 
be given to all by the agencies that contri- 
bute to it. 

From observation it is feared that we are 
likely to think of positive religion as consist- 
ing only of that which is manifest or even of 
that which is visible, such as forms and cere- 
monies, attendance a religious meetings, and 
doing of good deeds. These arc really the re- 
sults of religion and may even be performed 
without religion or at the best with formal 
religion which is not positive in its results. 
Positive religion is that relgion which results 
in the above activties. Positive relig-ion as 
n result of one's education is something un- 
seen but which results in that which may be 
seen. As electricity is shown only by its ro- 
.sults so positive religion is known by its re- 
sults. This invisibility and intangibility of re- 
ligion except in its results is the reason that 
we can not correctly judge the character of 
many people, especially children, who have not 



reached,' except in a very limited sense, the 
stage of exprssion in word, action, and deed, 
and due also to the fact that "youth has its 
Tiiysterious silences." So in our training in 
positive religion, especially in the home and 
in the public school we must many times 
walk by faith, but always remembering that 
the supreme good in all education is this posi- 
tive religion which whether seen or not re- 
sults in fitting us for the duties and respon- 
sibilities of life. 

A. E. WEAVER, Co: Supt. of Schools. 



The Sunday School Challenge 

January 29, 1919. 
'Phc P'ittsburgh Brethren Sunday school has 
accepted the Challenge of the Waterloo school, 
:uul has already gained sufficient momentum 
as a result of entering to bid for our carry- 
ing off at least one of the stars. The Chal- 
lc7ige is just what was needed to put the 
necessary impetus into the officers and teach- 
ers to recoup the loss sustained on account 
of the epidemic. Hope it may help all the 
schools of the brotherhood as it has already 
helped nurs. YpUTS in his service, 

H, M, HABLET, 



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J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 

ASHLAND'S AFTERGLOW OF ENDEAVOR NIGHT 



G. C. Carpenter 

SECRETARY 



Ashland has always had a reputation for 
good Christian Endeavor meetings. The pres- 
ent year presents no exception. Under the 
leadership of Earl H. Detsch, president, and 
John P. Horlacher, vice president, and their 
loyal associates splendid meetings are being 
provided. On February 2nd, the topic was 
"Best Things in Christian Endeavor." One 
interesting feature was a debate in which 
Pauline Teeter spoke for the Lookout com- 
mittee, John Horlacher the Prayer Meeting, 
Lulu Wood the Music, and Harry Griffith 
the Missionary. Each carried his or her point 
according to the decision of the judge who 
held that each of these committees was neces- 
sary and no one could be dispensed with 
without loss. Miss Banghart, the leader, has 
prepared the list of striking testimonies given 
below, which, with the other messages, repro- 
duce in part Ashland's anniversary program. 
Wliat Has Christian Endeavor Done for You? 
J. A. GARBER. 



What Has Christian Endeavor Done 
For You? 

How many of us go to Christian Endeavor 
Sunday after Sunday without stopping to 
think what Christian Endeavor really is and 
has done for us. We are apt to forget that 
it has brought salvation within the reach of 
many, and that it induces us to make a public 
confession of Christ. The hope it puts before 
the eyes of the young people is Christ him- 
self, his appearing and his approval. We 
must constantly remind ourselves and others 
of our duties and privileges. It is easy to 
say, to forget, to grow, to faint. What good 
works is Christian Endeavor doing? What is 
the best thing Christian Endeavor has done 
for you? 

At a recent Christian Endeavor meeting 
those present were given cards and asked to 
write on the back what Christian Endeavor 
had done for them. The answers were many 
and varied, but what testimonies they were! 
The following are a few. They are well 
worth your attention. 

"Taking part in Christian Endeavor was a 
beginning of an active part in church work. ' ' 

' ' Encouragement in maintaining daily de- 
votions, training in religious activities and in- 
spiration to enter the ministry. ' ' 

' ' It has trained me to speak more freely 
in public, and has placed me on a brotherly 
and friendly basis with the church people and 
many other things." 

"Of the vital things in my Christian expe- 
rience the Christian Endeavor stands out bold- 
ly as a superior spiritual uplift. The society 
has been (to say brietly and the least) a 
source of godlike recuperation when my spir- 
itual cup needed refilling." 

"The Christian Endeavor is a great factor 
in aiding me to live the best and most useful 
life for Christ and my fellowmen. Also it 
gives me an opportunity for personal develop- 
ment in taking an active part in the ser- 
vices. ' ' 

''PbrJgtian Ewdeavor besides the ftxpenence 



in actual service, has revealed many truths 
to me." 

' ' Christian Endeavor leads us to see more 
clearly the high ideals of life." 

"The singing is good, scripture fine, at- 
tendance splendid, but — the best things are 
the young people touched and inspired by the 
life Jesus lived for them." 

"Christian Endeavor helped me to speak 
in public and also to make public prayer. It 
taught me many things in the way of service 
for Christ." 

' ' Christian Endeavor has helped me to over- 
come fear to appear before an audience. It 
has given me an opportunity to learn to offer 
prayer in public. ' ' 

' ' Christian Endeavor is the missing link. 
It is that invaluable factor by which we may 
commune with God in a practical and helpful 
way. ' ' 

' ' Christian Endeavor has given me spirit- 
ual food." 



"The Christian Endeavor has taught me to 
speak in public and how to deal with young 
people in order to get them interested in the 
work for the Master. I might add also it led 
me to see the great need of Christian fellow- 
ship. ' ' 

"Christian Endeavor has been the chief 
means of my development. The Sunday Chris- 
tian Endeavor hour was always the most pre- 
cious and helpful of the day and all my early 
spiritual life owes its growth to this all pow- 
erful organization." 

And here last but not least we have the 
testimony of a little Junior Chrisian Endea- 
vorer: 

"I like to go to Christian Endeavor be- 
cause I can learn something about Jesus." 

We as young people certainly cannot af- 
ford to miss these splendid opportunities for 
personal development and service. What 
Christian Endeavor has done for others it will 
do for you.— MARGARET E. BANGHART. 



OUR CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR COMPASS 

By Charles L. Anspach 



The four points of our Christian Endeavor 
Compass are, (1) Fellowship, (2) Private De- 
votions, (3) Church Loyalty and (4) Testi- 
mony. I believe that all Endeavorers will 
agree that these four points constitute a re- 
markable compass; one which would safely 
guide any person through life. 

The first point is that of fellowship. A 
a fellowship is first a partnership. In our 
everyday life we hear much of the formation 
of partnerships for business purposes, but 
we hear little of the organization of partner- 
ships for spiritual work. When God created 
man he not only created him in his own image 
but admitted him into a partnershlf.. Accord- 
ing to the terms of this agreement, God was 
'he senior partner and man the junior part- 
ner. But as time went on man endeavored 
to change this arrangement and make himself 
the senior and God the junior partner. 

As a result many such partnerships have 
gone into bankruptcy. The recent ' ' Me und 
Gott ' ' partnership of the German ex-emperor 
is a good example of such an organization in 
bankruptcy. It goes without saying that God 
fulfilled his part of the contract but the oth- 
er party failed miserably. 

£n the formation of a partnership, civil 
or spiritual, one thing must be remembered, 
the amount of interest returned is always in 
direct ratio to the amount invested and the 
investment. 

In an eastern city a company for the man- 
ufacture of astronomical instruments has 
sprung into being. This corporation is the re- 
sult of the labors of two men, who, as boys, 
coming from Vermont to Hartford, Connecti- 
cutt, pooled their resources for manufacturing 
purposes. The company continued to grow un- 
til the time when Licks Conservatory was 
built by our government. The contract for 
the manufacture of the largest telescope ever 
built up to that time, to be placpfl jn ftm 



building was awarded this concern. They now 
produce the largest instruments manufactured. 
The reason for the success of Warren and 
Swazey, lies in the fact that they had learned 
to "pull together." That is the key prin- 
ciple in every successful organization. We 
must learn not only to pull with each other 
but to pull with God. 

A successful partnership leads to a beauti- 
ful companionship. IMany have heard the 
story of Damon and Pythias. They were 
friends. Damon was on friendly terms with 
the ruling king, while Pythias stood in dis- 
favor. Pythias was condemned to death. Da- 
mon, being sorry for his friend, asked the 
king for a respite of four hours, that Pythias 
might visit his family before his death. As a 
bond Damon offers himself to be placed in 
prison and that in case Pythias fails to re- 
turn his own life shall be forfeited. His offer 
IS accepted and Pythias goes to his home. Be- 
cause of their love for Pythias his slaves kill 
his horse that he might not return. He how- 
ever, forces a traveler to give up his horse 
and hastens to court. Upon his arrival he 
bursts into the execution chamber and finds 
Damon kneeling with the executors ready to 
sever his head from his body. The return of 
Pythias opens the eyes of the king and he 
pardons him. Turning to Damon and Pythias 
he said, "Admit me into your companion- 
ship." 

This truly is a beautiful story but have 
we not one more beautiful in the story of 
Christ? He not only knelt and offered his life 
but he actually gave it for our fellowship. 
Will we refuse such a "fellowship? The true 
meaning of friendship and companionship, in 
the writer's estimation, is the melting of the 
Golden Rule into the one word, "Service." 

We have formed a partnership and having 
done HO we look about for some source of 
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MISSIONS 



Has the Old Time Martyr Spirit Died Out? 



Dr. A. N. Andms, a medical missionary of 
the American Board from Mardin in Mesopo- 
tamia, tells a thrilling tale of loyalty unto 
death on the part of the male population of 
a village near Mardin. Three hundred Chris- 
tian men of the village, after being arrested 
by Turkish troops, were led out to be shot. 
They were taken to a desolate spot away 
from the village and drawn up in line with a 
firing squad of soldiers facing them a few rods 
away. The Turkish officer then addressed 
them as follows: "The men who lift their 
hands like this and thereby signify that they 
renounce Christianity and become Mohamme- 
dans will not be shot. Those who do not 
lift their hands will be shot immediately." 
Instantly all of the three hundred- threw 
open their breasts and said as with one 
voice, "You may shoot." Straightway the 
firing began and the men were aropplng in 
groups when a horseman was seen dashing 
over the plain, waving a document in his 
hand. The officer then ordered the firing to 
cease until the message could be received. The 



document was found to be a reprieve from 
the governor of the province, so that the 
balance of the lives of these Armenian Chris- 
tians were saved, but not until they had ren- 
dered this grand testimony of loyalty to 
Christ, even unto death. Do the annals of 
the church contain a nobler record than this? 
Do you think this age is less noble than the 
past? Does not this age possess the martjrr 
spirit as much as any? Have we lost faith 
in the allegiance of men today to the Christ 
of all ages? The martyr spirit is not confined 
to any age or to any race. Wherever men 
catch a clear vision of the beauty and holiness 
of Christ and are gripped and held by an 
unhindered sway of the Holy Spirit, they still 
cling to Christ without a thought of renun- 
ciation in the face of any foe. What though 
men slay the body, they cannot touch the soul. 
There is no danger to be feared like that of 
being oast, soul and body, into hell. And 
there is no power so strong as that of him 
who is able to save to the uttermost all of 
them that call upon him by faith. It is that 



power and it is he, the Christ, who draws 
men to himself and holds them today as he 
has ever done. The power of Christ is not 
waning, nor is faith weaker than it ever was. 
Our missionaries are going out to the heart 
of Africa with its fevers, superstition and 
barbarism, and to the chaos, infidelity and 
immorality of South America by faith. They 
are being led into the gloom of the "dark 
continent ' ' by faith and they are conquering 
the distrust and subduing the scorn of the 
"neglected continent" by faith. The Student 
Volunteers among our young people are pre- 
paring for and looking forward by faith to 
the sacrifice of life in some great needy field 
for Christ's sake. To all these their service 
is not sacrifice but a glorious privilege. They 
are willing to do anything for Christ. They 
are loyal to the core and are willing to live 
or die for him. And the name of these sol- 
diers of the Cross is "legion." The martyr 
spirit has not perished from the earth, and 
will not so long as the King is on his throne. 
G. S. B. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



rrLLMOEE OVEE THE TOP AGAIN 

The rillmore Brethren not only built a 
church on record time (it was four months 
from the time we began excavating until we 
moved into the new house), but they held 
a record business meeting on January first, 
at which time it was agreed to place The 
Brethren Evangelist in each and every home 
of our membership and ask for a place on the 
Honor Eoll. Now, some of you indifferent 
churches back east had better sit up and take 
notice, for we of Southern California will 
not stop until every one of our group of 
churches has placed the "Evangelist" on the 
budget, or in some way has gotten onto the 
Honor Eoll. Wishing that every church in 
the brotherhood will place the Evangelist on 
the Honor Eoll (it will do you good) I am 
yours for a happy and prosperous year. 

S. LOWMAN. 



BUKLINGTON, INDIANA 

The First Brethren church of Burlington 
held the first ser\'ices since our taking the 
pastorate on Sunday, December 22, 1918. That 
is to say, we were on the field at Burlington 
and out of services at the church here for 
three months save that one Sunday in which 
we had two services. On January the first 
we had an all day meeting and began a series 
of evangelistic services in the evening. Wc 
had our first quarterly business meeting in 
the afternoon on January the first and elec- 
ted the officers for the church and also the 
Sunday school. The nice thing about the busi- 
ness meeting was that there was a good rep- 
resentation of the church present and that all 
stood in an agreement to co-operate in every 
way possible in our work, so that the entire 
Four Year Program might be accomplished 
here. 



Our series of meetings were blessed great- 
ly by OUE KIND HEAVENLY FATEEE. On 
the first Sunday evening we had with us our 
beloved Brother Beachler, who had come to 
visit the Flora congregation on his very im- 
portant mission of which he has reported. 
But as he was not able to conduct a meeting 
at Flora on that evening on account of a un- 
ion service there, I took advantage of his 
presence in this community and invited him 
over to sing. He consented. And when he 
arrived I felt that he ought to do a little 
penance for the way he attacked me in the 
Evangelist about the "flu." So I told him 
if he would preach I would call it square, and 
after a little persuasion he consented to this 
service also. God blessed his message by giv- 
ing us three souls for his hire, consisting of 
a man and his wife and grown son. The 
meeting continued to grow in attendance and 
interest, Some who had been out of the work 
for some time renewed their fellowship and 
others came for the first time into the fold. 
There were ten added to the church, nine by 
baptism and one by letter. 

During the meetings some of our brethren 
at Flora came over several times in numbers. 
Sister Mary Eaton and Sister Edith Brower 
assisted in the singing and rendered very 
helpful solos. Our dear Brother Brower vis- 
ited us on the second Monday and was with 
us in the evening. May God bless his untir- 
ing efforts. Our Brother Henderson was over 
one night with the Flora folks. We cn.ioycd 
his presence and his services' in testifying to 
the gospel way of salvation. God greatly 
blessed us with fine weather and regular at- 
tendance. For all these favors we are grate- 
ful. We feel that this series of meetings has 
been the means of acquainting us with our 
field in a short time. We solicit the prayers 



of all that God may help us to do our part 
in gaining for the Brethren the name of being 
"workers together with God." 

W. T. LYTLE. 



DARWIN, INDIANA 

On this field we have been able to at least 
have one service A MONTH and as soon as 
things get back to normal, we will try to hold 
a series of meetings and get this work to 
going in the way that it should go. We will 
make further announcements through the col- 
umns of the Evangelist as to our plans when 
we can have them more definitely arranged. 
The influenza is starting again in various lo- 
calities, so we will have to wait and pray that 
God may lead, and then be willing to follow. 
We held our regular business meeting at the 
Darwin Brethren church on the afternoon of 
the SL'L'oud of January and things point to the 
carrying out of their plans for work in a way 
commendable. They are desirous of doing 
their part of the work laid out in the Four 
Year Program. 

May we remember one another in prayer 
as wc approach our various tasks. 

W. T. LYTLE. 



GRATIS, OHIO 

One year has come and gone since we came 
to this field of work. We left at Cerro Gor- 
do. Illinois, a noble band; they were to us 
as good a people as can be found in the 
brotherhood, always standing by us in every- 
thing that was for the advancement of the 
Lord's kingdom. We left many warm friends 
outside the church as well. The old proverb 
is true: "Take a friend with you and you 
will have friends." We came to Gratis 
where we are now trying to serve the Breth- 
ren in our weak way. We found the field well 



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cultivated by the former pastor, who did a 
splendid work for the Master, with the help 
of his esteemed wife. We were received with 
a hearty welcome. Many things go to take 
up a pastor's time and we have been slow to 
write of the work here. We have not been 
sleeping, we have held our regular services, 
excepting the six weeks we were closed down 
on account of the "flu," with good attend- 
ance, and all auxiliaries a work. The official 
board first adopted the budget system for 
the year 's expense, and all expenses were 
met as they came due. But with all our 
blessings the Silent Eeaper has been at work 
in our ranks, plucking the ripened grain as 
well as the young flower of youth. But the 
Lord has been graciously good to us for out 
of the number of our boys that volunteered 
we have not heard of any of them falling 
into the hands of the enemy or death. On 
November 24th, we began our revival meet- 
ing and continued three weeks closing Sunday 
evening, December 15th. Considering the 
"flu" and the reaction of the war upon the 
people, we had a fine meeting, God's Holy 
Spirit being felt among his people. The 
church showed a deepened devotion, besides 
21 accessions, 18 of which have been baptized, 
the others awaiting baptism. Our communion 
services were observed Sunday evening, De- 
cember 29th. We had a nice representation 
of the membership present. We have made 
340 pastoral visits during the year. 

The first all day home-coming service of 
the church was held January 11th, 1919, in 
the church basement, where the' members of 
the church gathered around a regular picnic 
dinner with a large number present. The af- 
ternoon session began at 1:15 and was given 
over to business and reports from the various 
departments of the church. All reports show 
that the past year has been a good one. All 
mission money, home and foreign offerings 
have been raised and paid, as well as all 
special days of the Brethren observed. After 
the election of the officers for the coming 
year the financial secretary and treasurer 
made their reports and showed all bills for 
the year paid and a small balance of $240.00 
left in the treasury. It was decided to make 
this church Home-Coming an annual affair. 
It was also given out that the closing year 
was the best all around year in the history 
of the church. With these results and the 
new inspiration we go forward looking to the 
new year with good prospects. 

May the good Lord give these people wis- 
dom and the guidance of his Holy Spirit that 
we may prove ourselves soldiers of the Cross, 
and not disappoint him in our efforts, that 
his kingdom may come and his will may be 
done on earth as it is in heaven. 

C. E. BEEKLEY, Pastor. 



abundantly blessed with twenty-two being 
added to the church. Fifteen souls had taken 
their stand before Saturday, and on Saturday 
night five more stepped out on the side of the 
Lord, one by relation. Then Sunday morn- 
ing the entire congregation motored over to 
Gratis, where Brother Bauman preached his 
wonderful sermon on the Book of Jonah. Bap- 
tism was then administered by Brother Beek- 
ley to nineteen candidates from Camden. Two 
more came forward on Sunday evening. The 
same can be said of this meeting as can be 
said of most of Bauman 's meetings — ^if he 
could have stayed another week a great deal 
more could have been done. 

Now, members of the Mission Board take 
notice: Those Camden people went over the 
top financially too. The Mission Board agreed 
to support that revival on the basis of a short- 
age, but in spite of the fact that they have 
been without a regular pastor and are small 
in numbers, they paid all bills, including 
Bauman 's salary, and had some money left. 
When the financial success was learned some 
one suggested they give Brother Bauman a 
free-will purse, but Bauman said ' ' NO. ' ' I 
know they would have given him at least 
another $25.00, but out of unselfishness and a 
heart filled with the joy of what had already 
been done, he turned it down, and the cap 
sheaf of his pleasure was expressed when he 
reached over and placed an additional 
$10.00 in the basket. 

I am telling no secret when I say Camden 
loves Bauman and his work there will long 
be remembered. J. C. McBKIDE. 

Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1919. 



CAMDEN, OHIO 

These are the days when American people 
like to say "Over the Top" and that cer- 
tainly fits what we want to say about the 
evangelistic campaign just closed at Camden. 
I am especially interested in Camden, as I 
printed their newspaper for more than two 
years back in 1900-1901. I went over to Cam- 
den Saturday, to witness the closing of Broth- 
er Bauman 's series of untiring efforts to win 
souls into the kingdom. His efforts were 



SEEGBANTSVILLE-OALVABY NEWS 

Sergeantsville is still on the map and the 
Brethren church here is still standing for 
the ', Faith once delivered unto the saints." 
In this age of all kinds of "isms," we are 
still trying to preach a "Whole Gospel" and 
ring true to the old Book. This is not pop- 
ular but we prefer to be in the minority 
with God and the right than in the majority 
with the world, the flesh and the devil. 

In spite of the "flu," the war and a few 
other hindrances we found time to plan and 
carry out a few things for the Master. On 
Sunday, August 4th, we had an all day meet- 
ing with Brother I. D. Bowman in charge. 
Brother Bowman preached in the morning to 
a good audience. At noon we gathered in 
the Sunday School Annex for lunch and gen- 
eral fellowship. From 2 to 3 we listened to 
two returned missionaries from India lecture 
in costume. Then we gathered again at 7 
o'clock to hear W. E. Thomas one of our 
county Christian Endeavor workers and Broth- 
er Bowman at 8 o'clock. It was a day well 
spent and all felt greatly profited thereby. 
Brother Bowman preached on prophecy, Mon- 
day and Tuesday evenings as well as on Sun- 
day. • 

The next event worthy of notice was our 
Evangelistic service. Brother M. A. Witter 
came to us on Sunday, November 17, and held 
forth for 3 weeks. Brother Marcus preached 
with characteristic earnestness to good crowds 
and much good was accomplished even though 
visible results were not what he and I had 
hoped for. One of the splendid features of 
the meeting was the inionaal prayer meeting 



held every night, in Sunday School annex, 
just before the regular services. The people 
were helped and the Evangelist and the pas- 
tor were able to do their part of the work bet- 
ter because of the spiritual atmosphere cre- 
ated in these prayer meetings. Two were 
added to the church as a direct result of 
this special effort. Many others ought to 
have been saved but like Jerusalem, in 
Christ's time, would not so we had to leave 
them alone. Brother Witter is a good yoke- 
fellow and he left a number of friends who 
are praying for his success. 

The work at Calvary has always been handi- 
capped. The distance between the two 
churches is 8% miles, the roads are bad and 
the services are held in the afternoon. There 
was a time when afternoon services were well 
attended but that day is past. With nearly 
every farmer owning an auto the crowds go 
elsewhere. People go to church morning and 
evening but in the afternoon they go pleas- 
ure riding. It would be fine if some way 
could be provided for morning and eveuing 
services here. I am sure greater good could 
be done and quite a strong church built up. 
In spite of these handicaps there are snine 
mighty fine people at Calvary and some good 
things were accomplished since our last re- 
port. 

About a week after our all-day meeting at 
Sergeantsville we tried the same plan at Cal- 
vary. Brother Bowman preached in the 
morning, Eev. Eugene Willard and wife, who 
were returned missionaries from India, spoke 
in costume, in the afternoon and Brother 
Bowman again at night. At the noon hour 
a basket dinner was enjoyed by all and fel- 
lowship ties were made stronger by blessed 
associations together. Brother Bowman's lec- 
tures and the missionary talks were splendid 
and many expressions of appreciation were 
heard after the services. 

Brotner Beachler mentioned a Sorrel Mare 
in his report of the canvass of this circuit. 
Thereon hangs a tale. Last winter we were 
compelled to put our old horse away because 
of age and inability to work. This left us 
without means of transportation between our 
churches. Brother Sam Weber kindly loaned 
us a horse for the winter and part of the 
spring but he needed it so we had to return 
it again. Then we were as bad off as ever. 
Finally Brother H. K. Wright invited us to 
take supper with him on Friday night before 
prayer meeting. We accepted the invitation 
and had a splendid time as we always do at 
Brother Wright's home. After supper we 
had a little talk about the work and my need 
of a horse and then he handed me a check 
for $175.00 to buy a horse. To say I was sur- 
prised does not express my feelings. I hard- 
ly knew where I was and I did not sleep 
much that night. Such gifts don't come of- 
ten in a preachers' life. Well, I thanked him 
the best I could and bought the Sorrel Mare. 

Brother Wright, who just came into the 
church, is a fine man and a Christian gentle- 
man and I am proud to be his pastor. He 
has passed through deep waters during the 
year; his son. Brother Carrol Wright, died in 
France, but his life is richer and fuller be- 
cause he knows Jesus and has experienced his 
sustaining grace. May his kind increase in 
the Brethren church. 



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As we write this report the "flu" is rag- 
ing all around us. About everybody who 
didn't have it before is down with it now. 
May the kind Father keep us and all his chil- 
dren everywhere and help us to honor his Son 
Jesus Christ. 

MORTON L. SANDS. 



GOSHEN, INDIANA 

We had a great day Sunday. There were 
three confessions at the morning service and 
the house was full in the evening. We are 
looking for great things. We may need a 
peace conference but we have had some great 
revivals and don't know of any new trouble; 
at least the present pastor and the church are 
not in need of any peace conference. Not all 
men ar good losers. We enjoy our victories 
but can't stand defeat. Defeat causes much 
of the trouble, and most of our disappoint- 
ments in life, wounded pride and disappoint- 
ed ambition cause many persons to become 
sour and to lose confidence in the goodness 
that can be found in the world. The world 
is full of goodness and mercy. We all were 
very much disappointed in the result of our 
revival meeting. I have never been able to 
analyze it satisfactorily. I have thought we 
needed a defeat Vo teach us some things and 
yet it was not a defeat. I believe Brother 
Bauman's sermons will live on in the hearts 
of us who heard them. I was glad to listen 
to some one who believes the Bible to be 
God's message to men. They certainly were 
sound. I get all the doubt I want in the 
world without listening to it when I go to 
church, (no higher critics need apply to the 
Goshen church, we won't let them preach in 
our church), then I want to be made to feel 
that God is and sometime I must meet him. 
I don't want the great or primary reason 
why I am a member of the Brethren church 
taken from me. Brother Bauman helped me 
in this. In all my acquaintance in the church 
I think the great majority stand for this 
faith. With hope I greet my old friends. 
Fraternaly, A. S. MENAUGH. 



LOEEE CHURCH, INDIANA 

We are now located at Bunker Hill, Indi- 
ana, serving the Loree church only three 
miles distant. We have been on the field 
three months and have found the Loree peo- 
ple a wide-awake and up-and-doing people, 
looking for new opportunities to serve their 
Master. And yet they, like all other churches, 
are not without their difficulties. We have 
some of the same problems to contend with 
that others have. One of the problems is to 
reach the large number of people that have 
a tendency to stay away from church and 
Sunday school. We believe, as Brother L. S. 
Bauman said, that the "flu" is good for 
something. It gives people an excuse to stay 
away from services. Yet it does not seem to 
be a reason for their staying away from pub- 
lic gatherings of a different nature. 

The " flu " has put a crimp in our plans. 
We haven 't had our revival meeting yet, but 
are planning for the future and expect to 
begin our meetings as soon as conditions will 
permit. We will have to re-arrange our en- 
tire program. 

Things look bright for the future of the 
Loree church. We believe there is a great 



field for the Brethren church here. She is 
getting a sure footing, and is known far and 
wide. She is the leading church in this com- 
munity, even over the churches in Bunker 
Hill, and a great many of the town people 
come to our services. 

Since the "flu" scare the attendance is 
growing in the Sunday school and church. 
Last Sunday, January 26, the attendance at 
Sunday school was 138. At the evening ser- 
vices the attendance was exceptionally good. 

The official board of the church has one 
ambition, and that is to reach all of the con- 
gregational goals of the Four Year Program 
and we find the church is in sympathy with 
them. 

The S. S. C. E. is one of the most wide 
awake that I ever got into and they do 
allow their pastor to attend their meetings 
of which I haven 't missed one, and am now 
beginning to feel quite safe. They are a ban- 
ner society, and now have some comforts 
for Ashland College and Brother and Sister 
Cook at Krypton. 

We have a lingering suspicion that the 
young men of our community wont' need to 
get cold in the winters that are to come if 
they plan right, for the Sisterhood girls have 
made five nice comforts which are for sale. 
They are going to be a banner society. 

We have a fine lot of young men which 
have organized an orchestra, and will some 
time in the future furnish the church and 
Sunday school with music. They have hired 
a man from Peru to instruct them. 

We think that we have a fine congregation 
and a good outlook for greater services for 
the Master. C. A. STEWAET. 



CORINTH CHURCH, INDIANA 
We are still doing business at the same old 
stand. Yet we have made slow progress for 
Satan is sure playing his high cards here. 
Twice the "flu" has invaded the country 
and the ban was on for several weeks each 
time. But in the face of all that we have 
held our own. The attendance is now begin- 
ning to grow and we feel that we will soon 
be back to normal. We have adopted the 
budget system this year and it is working 
iine. We haven't as yet succeded in getting 
the Evangelist in seventy-five percent of the 
homes, but are working on it. We think that 
every one ought to be a reader of the church 
paper, and we are mighty proud of our paper 
now. With all due respect to our former 
editor, for we know that two men can do 
two men's work better than one. It was im- 
possible for Brother Teeter to make the paper 
what it ought to have been, and what he 
would like for it to be without some help. 
So we are trying to get our people interested 
in it. For it is much easier to reach the 
Four Year Program goals when a congrega- 
tion is all reading the paper. 

Brother Beachlcr was with us in the inter- 
est of the College endowment and we are 
mighty proud ot some that were interested 
in the College and not so proud of others. But 
the Corinth church now feels that she has 
more of an interest at Ashland than ever be- 
fore and we hope that her interest will still 
grow. 

The Sunday school has adopted three 
I'rench orphans, thus extending her services 



to the war stricken district of France. 

We have also been deprived of our revival 
meetings at this place. But we have not giv- 
en up yet; only waiting for conditions to per- 
mit going ahead. Brethren, pray that we 
may continue in the faith once for all de- 
livered unto the saints and grow in grace and 
in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior 
Jesus Christ. 

C. A. STEWAET. 



KEEPING THE HOME FIRES BURNING 
NO. 2 

This is the first time that we have good 
news to report. We have been hard at work 
but the work was hindered. Our first meet- 
ing was at Williamstown, Ohio. It was a 
pleasure to work here. In this rural commun- 
ity there is an array of talent and a splendid 
church. However, visible results were not 
many. Two made the good confession. This 
field needs a resident pastor. It has its prob- 
lems and will not be able to do what they 
ought, until they have a resident leader to 
encourage them. We spent many happy 
weeks there. 

North Georgetown, Ohio, was next. A 
splendid interest was being manifested. Pas- 
tor Baer was working hard. The people were 
becoming aroused, and results were in sight, 
when — ^you know what happened. The " flu " 
came on, and we had to close. We shall say 
no more. Enough has been said of the "flu" 
already. 

Maple Grove, Indiana. — After five weeks 
enforced idleness, in South Bend, Indiana, we 
next opened fire at Maple Grove, with Broth- 
er Kimmel. After three weeks of hard, per- 
sistent work in the homes, in the schools, and 
in the church, we were forced again to close 
with no results. The "flu" broke out again 
and spoiled the ripening fruit which was in 
store for us. Another enforced rest of 30 
days. We spent part of this time visiting and 
preaching. Wo Avere glad to have had the 
privilege to preach for the Somerset Street 
church of Johnstown, Pa. Brother Watson is 
pastor and is doing noble work. Again we 
preached at Allentown, Pennsylvania, for 
Brother DeLozier, and visited with our rela- 
tives. 

Columbus, Ohio. — The first Sunday in Jan- 
uary, found us in Columbus, Ohio with 
Brother Christiansen. AVe found this field 
hard to work. The Columbus church has been 
going through trying days but it is my con- 
viction that in time we shall win out. Mis- 
sion work in such a city as Columbus, Ohio, 
is full of perplexing problems. Brother 
Christiansen and his good wife are gradually 
working their way into the hearts of the peo- 
ple and are doing good work. As to the meet- 
ing itself, thank God, this time we can say 
we won out. Twenty-six in all came forward, 
13 on the last day. We were happy. It was 
the first great awakening we had seen this 
year. Columbus did nobly. May God bless 
them is my prayer. 

Muncle, Indiana. — We are now back in 
Muncie, Indiana. This is a great opportunity. 
A big county simultaneous campaign is on. 
Every church, 60 in all, is co-operating. 
Brother Grisso is at Maple Grove and Broth- 
er Deeter, of Ashland will be at Oakville, and 
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is shown on this first day; More later. 
Brethren pray that the Muncie church shall 
have a big harvest. These are days of test- 
ings and of big programs. Shall we be true 
and loyal subjects of the coming King? May 
God grant it. 

A. E. THOMAS, 
Muncie, Indiana. 



MUNCIE, INDIANA 

Sunday, February 2nd, the county of Dela- 
ware in which Muncie is located, will enter 
upon a simultaneous religious campaign to 
continue until February the 23rd. 

Fifty churches are supposed to have revival 
meetings at the same time. 

Evangelist Thomas will preach for the First 
Brethren church in Muncie. Eev. C. C. Grisso 
will preach for the Brethren at Maple Grove. 

Prayer meetings are being held in every 
precinct in the city three times each week 
and throughout the county. The whole cam- 
paign is under one general manager, Charles 
A. Watkins, Secretary of the Y. M. C. A. 
of Muncie. 

Never has there been such a union effort 
on so large a scale, with which I have been 
connected. I believe we shall have a great 
outpouring of the Holy Spirit and many souls 
shall be born into the kingdom. We ask the 
prayers of the whole brotherhood for our 
work in this great campaign. 

J. L. KIMMEL, 
1320 Kirby Avenue. 



CEREO GOEDO, ILLINOIS 

We arrived in Cerro Gordo on October 9, 
coming directly from the Indiana conference. 
We had a nice trip across the country from 
Flora. 

We were here 5 weeks before we could have 
any services. No doubt the Evangelist read- 
ers are tired of reading " flu " news but that 
is about all we have to write. I preached 
my first sermons here on November 17th, and 
we had just started in the work when we 
were put under the ban again on December 
26th. We expect to hold services next Sun- 
day if everything goes right. We have 
planned and postponed our revival meeting 
twice and have decided now to wait until 
next summer. We will try and write again 
when we have something of more interest 
to report. We ask your prayers. 

D. A. C. TEETEE. 



RETURNED WITH CHARACTER UN- 
SOILED 

Sister Mary A. Snyder writes that there is 
at least one Brethren boy in the state of West 
Virginia, who went through the thick of the 
Verdun Drive, with shot and shell falling 
around him, wounded, sufEering in trenches, 
and enduring many other trying things con- 
nected with army life, and came out with 
character unscathed. His comrades often re- 
marked about Ms clean life, and could not 
understand his refusal to smoke and why he 
did not swear when they thought it a neces- 
sity. But he realized that his safety depend- 
ed xipon God, and tried to be true to his 
word. In the hardest battles his mind was 
often thinking over a certain sermon, ' ' What 
shall the end be?" and he was ready to meet 
his God. 

Sister Snyder has a right to be proud of 



being the another of such a boy, who made 
such good use of his early religious training 
that when his environment encouraged a 
breaking away from many of the ' ' first prin- 
ciples" he held firm. She has a right to 
praise God and to feel that her teaching was 
not in vain. 

Doubtless there is many another boy whose 
mother sent him forth fortified by careful 
Christian training and guarded by her pray- 
ers, who has returned to his mother with his 
character clean and his manhood uncomprom- 
ised. But there are not as many of this kind 
as we could wish there might be. May God 
give mothers and fathers wisdom and prayer- 
ful concern in training their sons, and daugh- 
ters too, in such a way that they will develop 
strength of character as they develop strength 
of body, so that when crises come they shall 
be able to meet them triumphantly. And may 
the sons and daughters take good heed to the 
instruction of their Christian parents that 
they may not forfeit their birthrights. 



THREE SUNDAYS AT WATERLOO, IOWA 

At the request of Brother Goughnour, pas- 
tor of the Waterloo church, I preached for the 
Brethren people there, on January IDth, 20th 
and February second. My last visit as a min- 
ister to the Waterloo people was when Broth- 
er Shook was pastor. 

It has not been my pleasure even to see 
the new church let alone preaching in it; so 
it was a privilege as well as a duty to try 
to preach to the good people of Waterloo. 
The people received Mrs. Livengood and my- 
self very kindly. They have evidently lost 
none of the good old generosity so conspic- 
uously prevalent among these people. If 
there is any change it is for the better. We 
were among these x^eople a few days more 
than two weeks, and the entire time was re- 
plete with happy moments. The best of 
friends vied with each other to make our 
stay profitable and pleasant. So well did 
they succeed in their aims that I can not see 
how they could have done it more effectively. 
The fine and appreciative audiences received 
the preached word in an acceptable manner. 

Our home was to have been with Brother 
and Sister Chamberlain, but the powers that 
be ordained it otherwise, and our headquar- 
ters were with our old friends and acquain- 
tances, B. F. Puterbaugh and wife. Under 
the original contract we still lay claim to at 
least a small portion of the hospitality of 
our old home at the Chamberlains. Our stay 
\vas enjoyed very much, and we will long 
rememlier the time with much pleasure. 
Z. T. LIVENGOOD, 

Lanark, Illinois. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



SHAFFEE-WALKEE— Earl E. Shaffer, a 
young prosperous farmer, living near Bring- 
hurst, and Edna Walker, daughter of Brother 
and Sister Charles Walker of the Flora Breth- 
ren church, autoed over to our home at Bur- 
lington and on the evening of January 9th, 
1919, we pronounced them man and wife in 
the presence of two of their friends who ac- 
companied them. May God richly bless this 
union to the good of the community to which 



they go, and may his counsel direct them in 
their new home. W. T. LYTLE. 

EOSE-MOWEN— On the evening of Janu- 
ary 15, at ttie home of the bride, Delos Eose 
and Treva Mowen were united in marriage 
by the writer. A pretty home wedding with 
the immediate relatives present was conduct- 
ed. Both the bride and groom are well known 
in the community and church. 

CHAELES H. ASHMAN. 



IN THE SHADOW 



WALTEE— Roscoe B. Walter departed this 
life at Altoona, Pennsylvania, October 22, 
1918 at the age of 2(5 years, 2 months and 2 
days. Death was due to pneumonia, follow- 
ing an attack of influenza. Brother Walter 
was from early boyhood a member of tlie 
Brethren church. It is not often that we 
find one who is more faithful to the work of 
the church than was he. He was the kind 
that the pastor knows he can depend upon. 
Brother Walter was a student of the Word 
and was valuable to the church as a Bible 
teacher and leader of prayer meetings. j3o is 
survived by his wife and one child, his par- 
ents, two sisters, one brother and many 
friends. 

W. C. BENSHOFF. 

LOWE — Jacob H. Lowe departed this life 
December 1, 1918 at the age of 78 years, 6 
months and 24 days. Brother Lowe united 
with the Brethren church of Altoona, Penn- 
sylvania, about five years ago. The last years 
of his life were the happiest because they 
were spent in the service of his Master. He 
found keen enjoyment in religious worship, 
was generous and kind hearted. Brother 
Lowe was a student of nature, he knew the 
great out-of-doors. To spend a day with him 
among the AUeghanies was a real pleasure. 
He is survived by his wife and two daughters. 
Many neighbors and friends join with them in 
mourning his departure. 

In addition to the ones above mentioned, 
the writer has conducted six other funerals 
since the first of October. May the Lord com- 
fort the bereaved. 

W. C. BENSHOFF. 

OGDEN — William L. Ogden, son of David 
D. and Anna J. Ogden, was born near New 
Paris, Ohio, April 10, 1882 and departed this 
life November 30, 1918, aged thirty-six years, 
seven months and twenty days. 

He was married to Armina Parrish, Novem- 
ber 30, 1905. Four children were born to 
them, two sons, Ealph and Charles and two 
daughters, Evelyn and Olive. 

His father and mother had preceded him in 
death. He leaves a wife, his four children 
and one sister. He was a member, in good 
standing, of the Brethren church, at Graits, 
Ohio. C. E. BEEKLEY. 

WELLS — Mrs. Agatha Wells was called 
from this life to her reward, December 17th, 
1918, at the age of 36 years, 7 months and 
10 days, after an illness from influenza which 
developed into pneumonia. She had been a 
member of the Cerro Gordo Brethren church 
since 1917. She was a devoted mother and 
an ideal wife. She will not only be missed 
from the home but the church also. 

Funeral from her home in Cerro Gordo, Illi- 
nois. 

D. A. C. TEETEE. 

BLACK— Mrs. John W. Black died at her 
home in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 
31, 1918, at the age of 68 years, 11 months 
and 13 days. She was born near Dayton, 
Ohio, and had spent most of her life at Au- 
burn, Illinois, moving to Kansas City three 
years ago. She was a faithful and loyal 
member of the Brethren church, and devoted 
to the study of God's Wor^. She leaves her 
husband, four sons, and three daughters, she 
being the first of the family to be called 
away. Funeral services at the Baptist churcb 



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at Auburn^ niinois, conducted by the writer, 
asistcd by Eev. Thomas B. Marlin of the 
Baptist church and Bev. James Masterson 
of the Church of the Brethren. 

D. A. C. TEETEE. 

WHITMER — David Alton Whitmer, son of 
Joseph and Emma Whitmor of North Liber- 
ty, Indiana, departed this life at Camp Tay- 
lor_ Kentucky, January 17, 1!)19, at the age 
of 27 years. He was a member of the Chris- 
tian church of North Liberty and a member 
of the Young Men's Bible class of the Breth- 
ren Sunday school. He was a model young 
man, having fine ideals and a clean Christian 
character. He entered Camp Taylor, July 23, 
where he was a member of Co. 12, 3rd Training 
Bn., 120th Depot Brigade. During his camp 
life he spent about four months in the hospi- 
tal, where he was the victim of Spanish in- 
fluenza and pneumonia. Thus the first gold 
star of the 20 out of the First Brethren Sun- 
day school will be placed. Funeral services 
held from the First Brethren church, January 
21 by the writer. The great audience, said 
by some to be the largest ever gathered in 
North Liberty on a similar occasion, was a 
testimony of the very high esteem in which 
he was held. He was my friend. 

C. C. GRISSO. 

WHITMER — Hazel Marie Whitmer, daugh- 
ter of George W. and Lida Whitmer, of South 
Bend, Indiana, died of influenza, January 14, 
at the age of 15 years. She leaves parents 
and two brothers. Funeral services from the 
Brethren church in North Liberty by the 
writer. C. C. GRISSO. 

STYLES— Caroline Jane Styles died at the 
home of her son in Muskegon, Michigan, Jan- 
uary 11, at the age of 84 years. The body was 
brought to the home of her daughter, Sistel 
G. B. Irvin, in North Liberty, whore the last 
rites wore conducted by the writer. She was 
a life-long member of the Sevimth Day Ad- 
ventist church. She leaves three sons and 
two daughters. Peace to her ashes. 

C. C. GRISSO. 

HANEATTY— Francis Hanratty, daughter 
of Sister John Pommert of North Liberty, 
Indiana, died at the hospital in South Bend, 
Indiana, January 4th. The body was brought 
to North Liberty, where the funeral services 
were held at the Brethren church, January 
0. Hers was indeed a beautiful life, blossom- 
ing on earth to bloom in glory. She left us 
at the age of 15 summers. Last rites in 
charge of Ihe family pastor, the writer. 

C. C. GRISSO. 



Business Manager's Corner 



A GENEROUS GITT 

Some years ago I heard a man in the west 
give a personal testimony in a prayer meet- 
ing in which he told of his heavenly Father's 
care by saying, ' ' When I came west I had 
nothing and I have held my own pretty well 
ever since. "I have thought a great many 
times how parallel has been the case of The 
Brehren Publishing Company. The Company 
was started with practically nothing about 
twenty-seven years ago, and it has held its 
own ever since. Yes, it has just a little more 
than held its own, but with the limitations of 
its natural field its gain has been modest in- 
deed. 

At times new and improved equipment has 
become imperative and the Company has not 
always been in a position to secure this equip- 
ment without aid from its friends in the 
Brethren church. While it has never been 
equipped as it really should be to render the 
best service to the church it has been improv- 



ing slowly through the years. Since the pres- 
ent Business Manager has been in charge of 
the work of the Company considerable equip- 
ment has been added to, the plant, but it has 
never been fully equipped to render the 
church the service it could render with prop- 
er equipment. But last fall a good brother 
from the west visited Ashland and expressed 
a desire to assist the Publishing House in 
some practical manner by adding to its equip- 
ment as the need and opportunity might 
arise. Recently we learned of an opportu- 
nity to add to our equipment by securing a 
Campbell, two revolution, cylinder press from 
a printing company that had gone out of 
business. We took an option on the press 
and immediately wrote to our western broth- 
er of the opportunity and just about ten days 
later we received a check for the full amount 
of the purchase price from Brother H. V. 
Wall of Long Beach, California. The addi- 
tion of this press to our equipment will add 
greatly to our efficiency in getting out the 
literature of the church and especially that 
for the Sunday school. We wish to thank 
Brother Wall in this way for his generous 
gift and we trust others may be moved to 
emulate his example, as still other equipment 
is needed to enable us to do really satisfac- 
tory work and to get it done in time. 

Only today we learned of a Brown folding 
machine that is for sale at a bargain because 
of the consolidation of two large printing com- 
panies. We have been invited to come and 
look it over and we hope to do so in a day 
or two, but in the meantime is there not some 
other brother, with a heart as big as the 
heart of Brother Wall, who will come forward 
with an offer to supply the price of this fold- 
er should it prove upon examination the kind 
of a folder we need? We do not think it will 
require one half as much money to buy the 
folder as it did to buy the press and we see 
no reason why some brother should not make 
this gift. Think it over Brethren, and then 
pray it over as well. 

The Label on Your Paper 

About two years ago -we adopted a new 
system for marking the expiration of subscrip- 
tions to the Evangelist that is a great deal 
more practical and more accurate than the 
old system was, and we thought it would be 
as easily if not more easily understood, but 
there seems to be some misunderstanding on 
the part of a few of our subscribers and they 
say they can not tell from the label on their 
papers when their subscriptions expire. To 
us this seems the simplest matter possible and 
we think just a few words of explanation 
will enable any of our readers to understand 
the system perfectly. 

First of all remember that each issue of the 
paper bears a number, beginning with num- 
ber one with the first issue in January and 
closing with number fifty of the same year. 
Now, please get the last copy of the Evange- 
list and luok at the upper right hand corner 
of the first page. There you will find the 
Volume and Number of the issue. While the 
volume changes only once a year the number 
changes each week during the year. If the 
label on your paper says 46-18 it means your 
subscription expired with No. 46 of last year, 
while if the number is 50-18 it means your 
subscription expired with the last number in 



last year, but if the number is 4-19 it means 
the expiration took place with No. 4 of this 
present year, and if the label says 25-19 it 
means your subscription will expire with num- 
ber 25 of this year. So it matters not when 
the expiration takes place the first number 
on the label gives the number of the paper 
that closed your subscription while the seo- 
ond numbers indicate the year. Can. any 
method be more simple than this? Now look 
carefully at your label and if it is any num- 
ber before No. 8-19 remember your subscrip- 
tion has expired and should be renewed at 
once. Please give the matter your immediate 
atteniton. 

R. R. TEETER, 
Business Manager. 



(Conlinued from Pace 11) 
strengthening it. Here is where our second 
point, private devotion, comes in. Due to the 
fact that the Christian Endeavor is a subsi- 
diary of the church, we should first look to 
Christ as our model. 

Mark, in his gospel, mentions that Christ 
often retired in solitude for private devotions. 
Prof. Garber has expressed this idea. Christ 
said little about preaching but he said much 
about "asking whatsoever thou wilt." If 
Christ felt the need of private devotions, 
how much more should we feel the need. 

Because of the fact that Christ was a man 
without sin, his example may lose its effective- 
ness; we might therefore look at St. Paul. 
In the Acts we read, "Arise, and go to the 
street which is called Straight, and inquire 
in the house of Judas for one named Saul: 
for behold he prayeth." These words "he 
prayeth ' ' are the keynote of Paul 's life. After 
a wonderful conversion and twenty years of 
preaching he still felt the need of prayer. We 
find that throughout Ephesians, Corinthians 
and Philippians, Paul asks to be remembered 
by them in prayer while he also prays for 
them. People, our prayers too often lack 
power because we pray only for ourselves; if 
we would pray for others we would be sure 
to have our own lives enriched. 

Church Loyalty is our third point, and loy- 
alty is the main support of all partnerships. 
Loyalty is the moti'\-e which makes a moth- 
er's love beautiful. Loyalty to the child. 

Mr. Frank Vanderlip, president of one of 
the largest banks in New York City and chair- 
man of our recent Libert}" Loan campaign, 
in writing on the qualifications of employees, 
places loyalty first. The old view was that 
ability held first place, but our understand- 
ing has deepened. Loyalty to the church is 
loyalty to Christ. Should we not therefore be 
loyal to the church? 

If wo have fulfilled the three previous 
points we cannot help but qualify in the 
fourth, for they will act as a testimony. 
Christ said by the fruit the tree shall be 
known. By our works we are known. There 
is a significant statement in Lincoln's Gettys- 
burg address which is, "The world will little 
note or long remember what we say here, but 
it can never forget what they did here." 
^Tiy do we remember great men? Not be- 
cause of what they said but because of what 
they did. Our lives will be judged in the same 
light. We are building our monuments which 
will be our "Testimony." What inscription 
will your monument bear! 




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THE HUTS, THE IGNORANCE AND 

THE IMMORALITY OF 

ARGENTINA 

Are calling for the enlightening, uplifting and 
Christianizing influence of the Gospel. 

Your sons and daughters, your money and your 
prayers will answer the appeal. 

Pray over these things till Easter Sunday, the Gen- 
eral Foreign_Mission Day in the Brethren Church. 




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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Some Significant Signs of the Times — Editor, 2 

Editorial Review, 3 

Conserve and Organize — H. L. Goughnour, 4 

Right Conquering Might — Prof. E. G. Mason, 5 

Rooted and Grounded — W. M. Lyon, 7 

He Shall Reign— Delbert Whitmer, 7 

God, the Visible King (Sermon) — Alva J. McClain, 8 



E-xaltation and Service — Miss Emily Beatrice Gnagey, 9 

Missions in the Sunday School — Mrs. George Seibert, 10 

Important Subjects in Christian Endeavor — Arthur Cashman, .... 11 
Where Brethren Young People Are Doing Good — G. C. Carpenter, 11 

Home Mission News — G. C. Carpenter and J. S. Cook, 12 

News from the Field, 12-15 

In the Shadow, 16 

Business Manager 's Corner, 16 



EDITORIAL 



Some Significant Signs of the Times 



The signs on every hand point to the fact of a steadil y enlarging 
realization of th e kingdom of Go d on earth. ' ' When yo pray, ' ' 
taught Jesus, "say: 'Thy kingdom come ' " and the effectual fer- 
vent prayers of righteous men backed up by ' ' works ' ' have been 
making it possible for God to bring about the realization of the 
ideals he imparted to men. The victories that loom up so large in 
the public mind just now have few equals in history. What do they 
mean j Is it_sigiiificant for the Christian Faith that so ma]iyorgan- 
izffi f orniH nf evil are~I)eing b"auisUed from "the lanSs wliereChrist 



is most widely preached and his standa rds o f conduct most gener- 
a lly acce[ )tcd_? Can it be said that "the church is failing when she 
is vanquishing her most powerful enemies J In the fact of these 
facts will scornful men with no love for the church and little respect 
for Christianity continue to ask "What is the matter with the 
Church?" And can we who are a part of this great body of Christ 
step apart ever and anon as if to escape the return of our own 
boomerangs, and hurl at the church uncharitable destructive critisisms 
calculated to bring her into disrepute with the world? Shall we not 
rather be given a new and stronger faith in the final conquering pow- 
er of this great living organism as we observe the unmistakable signs 
of her power to regenerate the present social order as well as pres- 
ent perverse individuals? It is more clearly demonstrated today than 
ever before that Christ spoke truly when he said, "The kingdom of 
heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three 
measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. ' ' The process is not 
completed, it is true, but it has gotten to the point where the "work- 
ing" is rapid. There are momentary retardings and local exceptions 
but these only prove more certainly the effectiveness of the church's 
leavening influence. The signs are decidedly encouraging. We call to 
the watchmen who _ stand guard in the various watch towers of the 
kingdom — the churches — and say, "Watchmen, what of the night?" 
And they shout back in reply, ' ' Behold the morning eometh. ' ' 

See the signs of its coming. The terrible war was brought to an 
end unexpectedly soon — God 'a hand was in that and in the righteous 
causes vindicated. A Peace Conference is at work endeavoring to 
frame a righteous peace and there is every reason to believe that 
the majority of the members, at least the leaders, are seriously endea- 
voring to reach a truly righteous settlement. When men begin to 
reason so seriously in terms of world peace, even though the ideal 
may not bo fully realized immediately, it points to a brighter, better 
day. The greatest organized enemy of the church of Christ in the 
world is being dealt a death blow throughout the world and has al- 



ready been counted out in America. This is a victory that will go 
do\^n in history along with the liberation of the black man and the 
achievement of American independence. And the long flight of steps 
leading through the various stages of education, agitation and legis- 
lation landing finally in total abolition was built upon the Gospel by 
the hands of the church. All the various anti-liquor organizations 
have been born of the spirit of the church and fostered and inspired 
by it. And from all of her illustrious children she has gained glory. 
The crj'stalizing of sentiment against the "white §lave" trade, the 
double-standard of morals, gambling, lewdness in picture, act and song, 
as well as against the menace of militarism, is due to the influence 
of the Gospel of Christ wielded by his church. All these things bear 
indisputable evidence to the steady conquering power of Christianity 
and of the dawning of a brighter day for this sad, sin stricken old 
wona. 



THAT YOU MAY UNDERSTAND, I want to explain that the 
Evangelist is planned four or five weeks ahead, and therefore I ask 
for material that long ahead of the time it is needed by the printer.. 
I do this in order that I may give at least a month for the writers 
to prepare the requested articles and also in order that I may have 
a good supplj' of material from w-hich to choose each week in the en- 
deavor to make the paper as nearly properly balanced as possible. It is 
impossible to run everything in the order in which it reaches me, for 
that would often make it impossible to get variety in each issue and 
also to select material suitable to the particular seasons, so far as 
this is possible. This means that some articles and sermons may 
remain in my hand for several weeks before publication. But if you 
will be patient, all that comes in that is usable will be run in due 
time. Let us all keep in mind that our ideal is the very best paper 
for the best interest of all concerned, and if any particular article 
should not appear as soon as might be expected, let us take it for 
granted that each delay is in the interest of the best Evangelist pos- 
sible and not feel personally slighted about it. I am the servant of 
all and am seeking to scrxe all in the very best manner possible. My 
only partiality is and will be in the interest of quality and the largest 
interest of the brotherhood and not in the interest of any particular 
person. 

There are some articles that are perishable, that is they are writ- 
ten for a particular occasion and their value would be greatly de- 
creased if delayed in publication; these will necessarily be given 
preference. If such are sent in not later than Wedensday of the 



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week preceding the time of publication, they will be more certain to 
get out on time than if they come late. AVe aim to begin typeset- 
ting for the Evangelist on Thursday. 

And in this connection, may I request that you do not write on 
both sides of the paper, only on one side. 

Having an abiding confidence in the charitable co-operation of 
all, I feel sure that together we can make the paper an ever-increas- 
ing service to the brotherhood. I have received the most hearty co- 
operation, and for this I am grateful . 

I should have said a word about the "News" Department. Thus 
far we have had material two weeks ahead, but be assured that your 
letters will appear as soon as possible and in order of their arrival 
at the office. Do not let this deter you from sending in your news, 
for this is an important way in which you can co-operate, and the 
sooner your news-letters are in the sooner they will appear. 

I have made this extended explanation because some of my good 
friends have not understood why their contributions were held so long. 

The Proclamation 

Let us thank God for the Eighteenth Amendment. It is the 
greatest victory since the Civil War. This is worth preserving. 
To All Whom These Presents Shall Come. Greeting: 

Know ye that the Congress of the United States at the second 
session Sixty-fifth Congress, begun at Washington on the third day 
of December in the year one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, 
passed a resolution in the words and figures following, to wit: 

"Joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of 
the United States: 

"Eesolved, By the Senate and House of Eepresentatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each 
House concurring therein). That the following amendment to the 
Constitution be, and hereby is, proposed to the States, to become valid 
as a part of the Constitution when ratified by 'the Legislatures of the 
several States as provided by the Constitution: 

' ' Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article 
the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors with- 
in, the importation thereof into or the exportation thereof from the 
United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof 
for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited. 

Section' 2. The Congress and the several States shall have con- 
current power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. 

■ ' Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have 
been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the Legislatures 
of the several States, as provided in the Constituion, within seven 
years from the date of submission hereof to the States by the Con- 
gress. ' ' 

And, further. That it appears from official documents on file in 
this department that the amendment to the Constitution of the United 
States proposed as aforesaid has been ratified by the Legislatures of 
the States of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Flor 
ida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana 
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi 
Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota. 
Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah 
Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 

And, further. That the States whose I,egislatures have so rati- 
fied the said proposed amendment constitute three-fourths of the 
whole number of States in the United States. 

Now therefore be it known that I, I'rank L. Polk, Acting Secre- 
tary of State of the United States, by virtue and in pursuant of sec- 
tion 205 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, do hereby 
certify that the amendment aforesaid has become valid to all Intents 
and purposes as a part of the Constitution of the United States. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set vay hand and caused the 
seal of the Department of State to be affixed. 

Done at the City of Washington, this 29th day of January, in the 
year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nineteen. 

(Signed). FRANK L. POLK, 

Acting Secretary of State. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Out of justice to Waterloo Sunday school we wish to call atten- 
tion of all readers to Brother Trent's correction on page 10. 



Brother Cook writes that Krypton has found its needed school 
teacher in the person of Miss Haddix, a graduate of Riverside Insti- 
tute at Lost Creek. Thus one mission helps another. 

The Fremont church is taking on new life since the "flu" and 
war disturbances and they are now doubtless in a revival lead by 
their loved pastor. Pray for them. 

Another letter reporting activity and reaping in the Goshen 
church comes to our Evangelist family this week; this time the writer 
is Brother M. E. Horner, the official correspondent of the church. 
About the most far-sighted work that has been reported for a 
long time we learn this week of being done in Roanoke, Virginia. If 
the future church of that place does not have an efficiently trained 
leadership it will not be because Brother Wood has failed to put forth 
the proper efforts. 

In the face of the seeming impossible Brethren Shively and 
Goughnour, backed by the loyal people of Masontown, Pa., came 
oft' conquerors. The score was not as large as it usually is at that 
place, but it was a greater victory than most of the others won on 
that field because fought under greater difficulties. 

Though the Camden revival was reported last week, yet we are 
glad to give space to a second report from the pen of Brother Bau- 
mau because it gives the evangelist's viewpoint and contains much 
that the former report did not have. We are all glad for the splen- 
did prospect of one of the youngest churches in Ohio. 

Columbus has won a great victory at a time when evangelistic 
campaigning is confessedly difficult and the faithful pastor. Brother 
S. E. Christiansen, who has been putting his very best into the work, 
sees a brighter day for our mission in the Ohio capitol city. We 
imagine that he and Brother Thomas made a good team, one that 
could not easily be defeated. 

Xf Brother J. W. Clarke's enthusiasm is a true sample of the 
whole Teegarden congregation we may expect things to turn up, or 
to be turned up there very rapidly. If they don't give some of the 
older and larger congregations a merry chase in the attainment of 
the Goals, including goal 9, we will miss our guess. We are all anx- 
ious to see the picture of this new church. 

Kindly give attention to the important announcement made this 
week by Dr. J. Allen Miller, president of the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety. You will find it on pago-16. And- in this connection let me say 
that Brother Miller has co-operated with the editor in planning a 
special Foreign Missionary number of the Evangelist for the first is- 
sue in April. This is to give you the cue to get ready for the 
"largest yet" Easter offering. 

An editorial item mentioning the report from the Muncie Mis- 
sion was left out by mistake in assembling last week. Brother Kim- 
mel's report though brief was full of interest and we shall look for 
a report of the results of this county-wide evangelistic campaign. 
It is pleasing to note the number of Brethren ministers engaged in 
it. Besides Brother Kimmel and Brother Thomas at Muncie, Brother 
Grisso is at Maple Grove and Brother Deeter at Oakville. 

Brother Deadlier comes to us this week with his final report for 
Indiana. We are sorry it is the last for we have enjoyed so much 
reading about the noble pioneer work Indiana has 'been doing in the 
line of college endowment. She went at the task with an enthusiasm 
that carried her far beyond everybody's expectations. And her high 
attainment was taken as a standard and a challenge by Pennsylvania 
who capped it with a big sheaf. And who can tell what surprises 
other districts will spring on us because of the courageous lead which 
Indiana made. 

Brother Goiighnour asks for reports on the Waterloo Challenge to 
be sent him when the contest is half over, just after the last Sunday 
in February. State the number of points gained in each item of the con- 
test, viz., attendance, off'crings, on time, studied lessons and teachers 
and ofi'icers present. His manuscript arrived after the Sunday school 
page had been set up, but will appear next week. In the meantime 
this announcement will make it possible for you to comply promptly 
with his request. 



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FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM PAGE 

IVOW THEIV DO IX II Samuel 3:1« 

Conducted by Charles A. Bame 



CONSERVE AND ORGANIZE 

Without question the present is a time when evangel- 
ism and church-extension are difficult. Much to the sur- 
prise of some of us, the appeal to non-ehurch-members to 
definitely accept Christ as Savior and King is not as effec- 
tive as ordinarily. The experience of the best evangelists 
demonstrates this. Much as it mystifies and distresses us, 
this winter does not seem to be a season of reaping. 

Let Us Use Strategy- 
General Foch would have been unwise to sacrifice his 
armies in a drive when conditions were such that he could 
not possibly succeed. A church Avill be iinwise this winter 
if it spends so much energy in evangelism that other equally 
important activities are neglected. The imperatives of these 
present months seem to be, "Conserve!" "Organize!" "Ed- 
ucate ! " " Strengthen thy stakes ! ' ' 

Push the ProgTam 

Goal 4, that requires a 7 percent increase in membership 
annually, may not be I'eached by many congregations this 
year. Would to God that it could be reached by every con- 
gregation. But, if it cannot, we should not be discouraged 
from attempting every other goal in the Program. 

Every other Goal is a Conservation Measure! Think 
them over. Prayer meetings ! Cottage prayer services ! Com- 
munion services! The Sunday school! The S. S. C. E. ! 
The Christian Endeavor! Four Year Program subjects! Re- 
cruits for the ministry and missionary serA'ice ! The Breth- 
ren Evangelist! Ashland College Endowment! District, 
Home and Foreign missions ! The Board of Benevolences ! 

What a bundle of possibiliites is here. There never was 
a time when M-e needed to push the Program as we do now. 
We may not gain oui' 7 percent increase in meml^ership this 
year, but, by Pushing the Program we can avert a 7 per- 
cent slump in all vital activities, or, perhaps, a slump of 
even more serious proportions. 

Conditions Are Bad 

Yes, moral and s])iritual conditions are bad. But, con- 
ditions are never so bad that they will not become a whole 
lot worse if we give them half a chance! Relaxation from 
the war-strain is packed Avith damning possibilities. The 
effort to recoup depleted finances may cause a riot of mate- 
rialistic struggle, as it did after the Civil War. A post-war 
period is charged with moral and spiritual dynamite. It 
is hard to tell which way the force of the exploson Avill go. 
We know that the unleashed energies most certainly will go 
in the wrong direction unless the church leads in dircting 
them aright. 

Stop the Leaks 
Avoid Wastage! 

It is unnecessary to point out what appalling leakage 
from the Sunday school is constantly occurring. Losses 
from active church membership, and active participation in 
all the activities of the church, also are constant, urdess 
earnest methods of prevention are applied. 

Wouldn't it be an equally great spiritual triumph for 



the Brethren Church to prevent this waste, as to permit it 
and make only enough gains to replace it? It is distressing 
but the average church allows its resources to slip from its 
grasp with an indifference that would cause bankruptcy 
and failure in the business world. Many pastors do not 
ordinarily find time to gather up the loose ends of their or- 
ganizations, and collect the fragments lying about every- 
where into baskets. The opportunity now is here ! The ob- 
ligation now is crushingly imperative! The method at 
hand is the Four Year Program I 

Hold! Organize! Conserve! 
Christianize! Indoctrinate! 
Train! Vitalize 
By doing these things we can both keep the working 
working, the interested interested, the saved saved, and pre- 
pare to capture many for Jesus Christ and the life divine 
when the public mind becomes dissatisfied with mere peace 
from martial strife and the reaping time arrives — which, 
under God, it will. 

Every voice in the environment of the Brethren church 
is calling, "Push the Program!" 

H. L. GOUGHNOUR, Secretary. 

P. S. — Here is a new suggestion by Brother Goughnour 
and he argues like a lawyer for his point of view. I do not 
have sense enough, or something else to agree with him, but 
it is worth the reading any■^^-ay. 

Ever since coming here again last fall I have been plan- 
ning for a campaign and had with me for t^A'o different 
Sundays, at two-Aveek intervals, Evangelist Newlin of union 
campaign work fame and still the "flu" has so far prevent- 
ed us from going on. Despite the fact that everything else 
goes right on, we had a notice served on myself and the 
cA^angelist by the marshal of the town that we did not dare 
enter our church for service, after a packed house the night 
l^efore. We left it dark. Two weeks later we started 
again and again wei-e prevented from going on when the 
conditions seemed to be all for us. Bi;t still I do not think 
for a moment that Ave shall not liaA^e a rcA-iA'al effort, CA'cn 
though the harA'est may not be as big as heretofore. 

With all else in this paper, I agree. The difference be- 
tAveen the strategy of a church and that of Foch is that he 
might haA'e lost an army had he struck at the AA^'ong time. 
We strengthen our army CA-en though Ave do not increase it 
during revival. "These you ought to have done and not to 
have left the others undone," said Jesus to the Pharisees. 
That is just our ticket. All the other goals Ave ought to do 
and not to leave Goal Four imdone. "Try, try again" has 
been my motto, and the only need there is for a revival any- 
time and anyAA'here, is to meet the conditions. God's arm 
is not short nor his poAver slack. "It is not his will that any 
should perish." So, I say, HOLD! ORGANIZE! CON- 
SERVE ! CHRISTIANIZE ! INDOCTRINATE ! TRAIN ! VI- 
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GENERAL ARTICLES 



Right Conquering Might. By Prof. E. Clenn Mason. 



Long ago, in Biblical times the angel of the Lord ap- 
peared to the pro23het Zachariah in a dream, M'herein 
was pictured the golden candlestick and seven lamps 
thereon, as recorded in the fourth chapter of Zecha- 
riah. Li this chapter the prophet gives his interpretation of 
this vision, it is found in the tenth \'erse. I only give the 
exact words of the angel, "Not by might, nor by power but 
by my spirit saith the Lord of Hosts." If this were a ser- 
mon no better text could be found for it, but since this is 
no sermon, it will not be a breach of etiquette if we call it 
our text anyhow. ^ 

This vision came in olden times, to the prophet Zech- 
ariah, long before the now civilized world was known. The 
then civilized world comi:)riHed only a small part of western 
A.sia, southern Europe and northern Africa. The problems 
of existence were great at that time but not so complicated 
as they are at the present. As civilization has spread and 
advanced and enveloped larger expanses of territory and 
more nations, races and individuals, its problems, both social 
and moral have kept pace with this growth and become more 
complicated at each step. In the days of earlier history, 
each tribe, nation or race was independent of all others. For 
the rightful possession of their domains, they depended upon 
their strength and prowess. Hence, neighboring tribes M-ere 
never on good terms but continually looking for a chance to 
displace another in position or strip it of its wealth. Strength 
and prowess or strategy were therefore safeguards to ex- 
istence. Thus was "Might" considered the most essential 
weapon in early tribal or racial warfare. So, it was consid- 
ered in Zechariah's time. But his dream and the angel's 
interpretation of it gave him a different version. "Not by 
might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of 
Hosts." "Might" the combined strength of individuals, or 
team work, and "Power" the strength or brawn of the indi- 
viduals would not suffice. A greater power than these was 
the spirit or will of the Lord of Hosts. In the final analysis, 
the spirit of the Lord is "Right" and nothing is right except 
that which is according to the Spirit or will of the Lord. 

"Without a doubt, the people of Zechariah's time de- 
pended upon their might for their existence. In this strug- 
gle they found themselves many times at war with their 
neighbors for the rightful ownership of their flocks and 
lands. They, no doubt, depended entirely upon their might 
to hold these possessions, but to Zechariah, at least, a new 
vision came and it was his privilege and duty to hand doMoi 
this teaching to his people and from thence to succeeding 
generations. But a ncAv theory always meets opposition. It 
must work out in practice before it is accepted, and so this 
has to stand the test of time. 

There are some today, Avho liken life, whether of nation 
or individual, to a ladder. Relative positions and strengths 
are marked by the "rungs." Others compare it to a race, 
relative strengths and enduring powers are marked by the 
places they hold in its running. Still others prefer to liken 
life to a stage, upon which we are all actors witli minor 
or major parts according to oiir abilities or might. Yet 
others represent it as a series of planes or levels, those who 
occupy the highest are the mightiest. And so we may go on 
indefinitely, but, finally life may be likened to a war. "We 
are at constant warfare against disease, poverty, temptation 
and sin, in fact, the right to live, move and have our being 
is a constant warfare or struggle. Now, Avho wins? The 
mightiest or the righteous ? "Wait! Go slow! Do not jump 
at conclusions! Think it over carefully! Is the victor to 
be considered only from the standpoint of this world ? If we 
should ask you which could win a race arranged for them, 
the fleet hare or the plodding tortoise, we know your answer. 
You remember the old fable ? Yes. The hare was picked for 
the winner. In fact, in his own mind, he considered the race 



won, but he made the fatal mistake of going by "Spurts" or 
showing a l)urst of speed noAv and then napping awhile, buv 
he overslept and the plodding tortoise passed by and on to 
the goal. No ■we must consider the ultimate wimier. For 
my part, I can conceive of no case where "Might" has been 
the final conqueror of "right. '-' You may say, how about the 
strong rolnist sinner, who withstands and recovers from an 
attack of a dread disease, while the gentle and loving and 
true Christian neighbor, who is not strong phj^-sically suc- 
L'umbs ? i\Iight conquered the disease, we admit, but who re- 
ceived the priceless heritage of eternal life and happiness? 
Isn't this, in the final analysis, the goal which if reached 
is the claim of the victor? "We need not take more space 
to make our point clear. Submit all your seeming exceptions 
to this analysis and note your conclusions. 

In history, many, many examples may be found. In I he 
Bible, we find the familiar examples of David and Goliath, 
Joseph and his brethren. Samson, the fall of Jericho, Gideon 
and the three hundred, David and Saul, and Jesus and many, 
many others. You recall at once the instances and the ap- 
plication. In fact, the entire teaching of brotherly love in 
the Holy "\Yrit embodies this principle. We can give you no 
better nor greater illustrations than those found in the 
Bible, but perhaps some illustrations drawn from more re- 
cent history are more convincing. 

Since mankind has been separated first into families, 
then into tribes, then nations, there has been a desire in the 
minds of some units to control all the rest or to control the 
world. This desire has not been manifest at all times but has 
been carefully kept and nourished until at some opportune 
time it might burst into liame and be realized. That desire 
did not originate with Kaiser "Wilhelm, late of Germany, it 
has been smoldering since tlie world began. If we review 
our Ancient and Medieval history, we remember that Baby- 
lon, Macedonia, Sparta, Greece and others each realized this 
aim. 

But they were doomed to fall when they departed from 
the right. Greece reached the zenith of her culture and pow- 
er but with it came corruption, just then she fell and her 
culture and power were transferred to her conqueror, the 
braAvny Roman. Rome was more mighty than Greece but 
in her might she had not yet learned to depart from the 
right. However she not only absorbed the culture of the 
Greek but the con-uption as well. She. in turn, fell a A'ictim 
to the ruddy and guileless Goth or Teuton. The early Ro- 
man was a righteous and guileless man but with his power 
and prestige came temptation, with temptation sin, with sin 
doAvnfall. The average Roman when Rome had just passed 
the zenith of her power, •H^as only the shell of a man, so 
corrupt was he; the outer form of a man only, within, a 
beast. Nero, an emperor, set fire to the city to satisfy his 
own desire to see a great fire and witness the agony and tor- 
ture of the people. Caesar, Crassus and Pompey were con- 
tinually i^lotting to overthrow the other, yet they lived when 
Rome was in the ascendencj'. All of sin and disgrace might 
have been found there at the very time M'lien the Goth 
crossed the Alps and overAvhelmed the World Empire. They 
not only conquered the Romans and their culture but ab- 
sorbed it as well and i^'ith it the sin and comiption of the 
Roman private and national life. Furthermore, the Teuton 
■was converted to the Christian faith and became a devout 
child to the Pope, the head of the Christian church. For 
many years, although the Teutonic emperor was the figur- 
ative ruler and dictator of the world, they never gave an 
order or com-mand withoi^t the sanction of the Pope, hence 
the Pope ■was the real ruler for he was able to mould the 
thought and action of the emperor. This condition existed 
until the opinions of the Pope and the more corrupt-growing 
emperors conflicted, Then the church was subordinated to 



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the state and its opinions rejected or complied witli as they 
suited the state. The separation of tire church and state 
then made has remained until this day. When the Pope lost 
his power as a virtual world ruler, he vowed never to leave 
the Vatican. To this day a pope never leaves the premises, 
after he has taken his oath, a reminder, at least, of this lost 
power. Corruption A\dthin the state followed this separation. 
When tlie emperor and his siibjects became corrupt, the seat 
of power was juggled back and forth among the different 
kingdoms of Teutonic peoples and was finally transferred 
to England. When Henry VIII so corrupted English Eaw 
and religion that succeeding sovereigns could not readjust it, 
certain noble spirited Pui'itans, who had attempted to pui'i- 
fy the church in England, and in despair gave it up, crossed 
the dreaded Atlantic and founded a new "world and a ne'w 
powei- in America. We have just recently come into the 
heritage of the cognomen. The Greatest World Poorer. 

Roughly, we have led you through history to the ]M'es- 
ent. No"w, to the modern application of this prmer[ire, 
"Right conquering Might, in the light of the recent World's 
War." 

Since the coming of the Turk into Europe,, when Con- 
stantinople one of the great centers of Christianity fell nito 
their hands, Europe has been the center of a multii^licity of 
wars. The Sultan of Turkey in Europe, the late despotic 
ruler, has rightly been called the "Sick man of Europe." 
His strength has never been great since he has been confined 
to his present boundaries, but his location is strategic. Con- 
stantinople guards the Dardanelles, the water connection be- 
tween the Black Sea and the Atlantic Ocean via the Medit- 
erranean Sea. For this reason and this alone, has his resi- 
dence in Europe been tolerated. Since Pi-ussia and the 
many kingdoms and duchies of Germany, France, Sj^ain, 
Holland. Russia and Great Britain became powers to be 
reckoned with in European politics, each has been afraid 
to allow anj' other nation to conquer and confiscate the 
lands of the Turk. Russia who has ever been a great swag- 
gering giant, never fully aware of his great strength, has ' 
always had his eye upon Turkey. He has always longed for 
a southern outlet to the Atlantic, the great World's High- 
way. His northern ports are fi'ozen up for half of the year 
so the need has been great. But the Turk blocked the way. 
Each time that the Russian Bear extended his great paw 
toward the Turk and his possessions, the other powers of 
Europe interfered and prevented the blow, conversely, when- 
ever another power reached out toward Turkey, Russia in- 
terfered in order that she might at some future time have 
the sole privilege of falling heir to the Turkish estate. Eng- 
land, also, very much wishes to control the Turkish Empire, 
and guards zealously the existence of this state until she 
may have the sole privilege of confiscating the land. And 
so we might review indefinitely, the jealousies" among the 
great nations of Europe over the lands of the Tui'k. So he 
has been called the "Sick man" of Europe for all are wait- 
ing anxiously for his death so that each may fall heir to his 
estate. For this reason, only, has the Mohammedan been 
tolerated in Christian Europe, in which place he has no mor- 
al right or place. 

Each great power fears that another, through Avarfare, 
may acquire enough territory to give it controlling power. 
This idea has caused many strange and alarming alliances. 
This shifting aboiit of alliances keeps a balance of power. 
So you see, it has been the aim. to a certain extent, of each 
great power in Eiirope to aspire to the control of European 
affairs and from thence to the control of the affairs of the 
world. Holland, France and Spain have long since lost 
an equal chance Avith the others to acquii'e this proposition, 
so they have been looked upon in connection with the other 
lesser kingdoms of Europe as likely subjects for acquisition. 
Germany accomplished the league of Germanic nations in 
1871 when Bismarck declared them united in an Empire 
with the King of Prussia as emperor, at Versailles, after the 
fall of Paris. At that time they took from France, Alsace 
and Lorraine, two provinces just across the German fron- 
tier, all they dared. This aim of the German Empire has 



been handed down, from Bismarck to succeeding chancellors, 
the aim to once more, as at the time prior to the separation 
of the church and state, to become the virtual ruler of the 
■\'i'\)rld. None, outside of Germany, fully knew the extent 
of the preparations made, until recently. Germany's plans 
were all laid and all preparations completed and thej^ were 
anxiously waiting the opportunity of some excuse to make 
the first move toward their realization. The assassination 
of the Au.strian Archduke and Duchess by the Serbian stu- 
dent was that opportunity. True, Germany was not immedi- 
ately affected but she easily threw herself into the breach so 
formed. This is all so vividly recalled to our memories 
that we need not recount it further.] The German aim has 
been to dictate the world's policies. Perhaps, if as the 
Kaiser claimed, he -was in league with God and was God's 
agent here on earth, this might have been aji ethical con- 
ception, biit when the same mind that C4)nceiA-es the control 
of the world's affairs because he is God's eliosen agent, ut- 
terly disregards the neutrality of Belgiimi; orders a reign 
of terror among conquered peoples; disgraces captive wo- 
manhood and sets free all the demons of torture and cruelty, 
we are forced to believe that such is not the Spirit of God 
but the spirit of the devil. The deed and the thought must 
coincide. Follow the German army through Belgium and 
France and no signs of the Spirit of God are seen except in 
evacuation and retreat. Are you aware of the fact, t'v 
whenever a string of German defeats reached the German 
soldiery, there occurred a remarkable change in their treat- 
ment of prisoners? They treated them more kindly. But 
when a string of victories came, they treated them very bad- 
ly. Thus the treatment that the prisoners received served 
&'< an index as to the trend of the war. Does this spirit coin- 
cide with the Spirit of the Lord of Hosts? We can not at 
any time find full justification for war. If ever a was was 
justifiable, this one was, because the liberties and rights of 
many peoples were at stake. The Central Powers Avanted 
autocratic control. The Allies opposed autocratic control 
and demanded democratic control. God endowed each of us 
with minds and certain abilities and for the reason that he 
gave them to us. he expects us to make use of them. He has 
not planned to have some one do our thinking for us. True, 
some are leaders but all are thinkers, and leaders are only 
accorded their places by the consent of those being led. This 
choice of leadership recognizes superior abilities and ac- 
complishments. 

In conclusion may we gather the threads of our thought 
more compactly together: 

First, the aim of the German Emperor, coincidently, the 
aim of the German people, was thoroughly inichristian. 

Second, his plans and preparations were carried on in 
secret, in order that his intended victims might not arm in 
self defense, and the realization of his aim be made easier. 

This again is unchristian. 

Third, his treatment of prisoners of war and captive 
civilians was atrocious. This certainly is contrary to Chris- 
tian teaching. We place the blame here not only upon the 
German Emperor but on the people as well for all were filled 
with this idea and co-operated in its realization. 

Fourth, the deception practiced by the hardened leaders 
of Germany to keep the people in a warlike state of mind is 
thoroughly unchristian and hence contrary to the will of 
God. 

Fifth and last, the unthinkable audacity of the German 
Emperor in leaguing himself with God. is in itself enough to 
provoke the righteous wrath of God, himself, against the 
German cause, Coincidently, God has shown his disapproval 
of st^ch an alliance by bringing about the defeat of the Kais- 
er, and civil strife among the German people for their iin- 
witted acceptance of this allegiance. 

For these reasons we believe that right has conquered 
might. Irf March, 1918 our hearts were filled with anxiety 
over the possible ending of the great German drive toward 
Paris, but at this dark hour, many noble Christians still be- 
lieved that right would conquer and so it did, as it always 
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ROOTED AND GROUNDED 

By W. M. LYON 

Please turn to Ephesians 3 :17. What does it really 
mean to be "rooted and grounded"?. Whatever else it may 
mean, one thought is quite certain and clear,, and that is, 
that the true believer's life is founded upon a deep convic- 
tion. Many who pi-ofess to be Chiistians reem to lack this 
es.sential. The truth must grip us; it will take hold with 
strong force, if we are surrendered to the will of God. My 
brethren, as I see it, to be rooted and grounded, is to be 
in position to show forth the power of the living Christ. 
When this is true of our membership marvelous results will 
follow. Permit me to refer to Romans 6 :5. Ah, those words, 
"planted together." They are deeply significant. If we 
would know anything woi-th while of tlie JMaFtei-, ^A-e must 
be willing to go Avitli him, even into the depths ! In fact, 
we can not be content to remain on the surface. 

Let me now refer you to the ■words of our Savior in 
Luke 9:44. Ah, he is still anxious tliat his sayings "sink 
down" into oixr very hearts and lives. Wliere there is no 
depth, there can be no growth. And where there is no 
growth, there can be no life. And without life we are with- 
out power. 

Fellow minister, let us get the lesson. Too many are 
drawn away after numbers. "Not by might, nor by power, 
(not by numbers), but by my Spirit!" The Spirit not only 
searcheth the deep things, but he will cause the message to 
sink into the very depths of the heart. 

But I must' tell you the reason why I ha^e been led to 
write these words. It gives sadness to my heart, but I must 
tell it, nevertheless. Several months ago I mentioned the 
fact that a number of members had come to the city on ac- 
count of the demands for war work. At the time we felt 
encouraged. Why should it not add to the strength of the 
"Brethren" cause in Washington City? But the sad part 
is, only a few out of that number haA^e given cAddence of 
real interest. The great majority have surely not been 
"rooted and grounded." The "lure of the city," or some- 
thing else, seems to prevent them from taking any real in- 
terest in the church. We have tried to do all within our 
power to win them. 

But praise God for the "faithful few." For these we 
are very thankful. We can soon tell who are the "planted"; 
the "rooted and grounded" ones. My brother, if you have 
suggestions to make, let us have them. These things ought 
not so to be. Why is it? We know the remedy. God help 
us I 



•'HE SHALL REIGN" 

By Delbert Whitmer 

In Revelations the eleventh chapter and fifteenth verse 
Ave read: "The kingdom of the Avorld is to become the king- 
dom of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for- 
ever and ever." In the Authorized version we have, "The 
kingdoms of this world," while the Revised gives it "The 
kingdom of the world." Christianity does not seek the de- 
struction of the kingdoms of the world. Differences in 
political constitution Avill persist. Many forms of organiza- 
tion will remain. The kingdoms Avill be kingdoms still, even 
when Christianity is triumphant. But "the kingdom of the 
world," that subtle sovereignty whose decree runs through 
each and all the kingdoms, will be inherently transformed, 
becoming even "the kingdom of our Lord." 

1. And Avhat is "the kingdom of the Avorld?" It is 
the devil dominion in CA^ery kingdom, the lust after the 
things of the Avorld, the carnal dominion, the self dominion. 
This kingdom shall be suddenly changed into "the kingdom 
of our Lord and of his Christ." 

2. "He shall reign forever and CA-er. " Our familiar- 
ity with the music of the Hallelujah Chorus has led us to 
place the emphasis on the pronoun, but the scripture places 
the emphasis on the verb. He shall reign. 

3. And Avhat are the characteristics of the kingdom of 



our Lord? There is a Pauline ansAver sufficiently definite 
and descri;^ive. "The kingdom of God. . . is righteous- 
ness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost." And Avhat is 
righteou.sness 1 It is tAvo-fold rightness, rightness Avith God 
and rightness Avith man. These tAvo relationshii^s are ad- 
justed. 

In the second place "the kingdom of God is. . . peace 
in the Holy Ghost." The peace is the fruit of righteness 
Avith God and man; it is movement Avithout friction; the 
.strife is ended and there is quiet liberty of movement in 
God. 

In the third place "the kingdom of God ... is joy 
in the Holy Ghost." Life that has become rectified in its 
fundamental relationships and is noAv moving Avithout dis- 
cord AviJ] certainly experience "the joy of the Lord." 

The kingdom of the world with all its egotism, its lust, 
its pride, its selfishness, is to become "the kingdom of our 
Lord," Avith its fimdamental righteousness, its pervading 
peace and its endui'ing joy. And this is the kingdom for 
Avhieh Ave praj^ Avhen Ave say "Thy kingdom come." 

Are there any signs of his coming? Where are the 
signs? They are not all Avintry and depressing. I turn to 
my calendar which tells me nature's movements and it has 
these entries: "Skylark sings until November"; "Ycav Tree 
begins to floAver"; "Crocus appears," and all these emerge 
even amid the prevalent cold and desolation. And so it is 
in the moral Avorld. If I look closely, there is tragedy and 
disaster. But there are signs of a quickening presence 
Avhich clearly suggests that the kingdom of the spiritual 
spring is coming. Look at the glorious ferment of this time. 
It is surely due to some hidden yeast Avhich has been im- 
planted in the affairs of men by the Divine hand. 

But even though there Avere no signs of the spiritual 
spring, nothing l)ut grim, hard, black. Avinter, nothing but 
the reign of deviltry and pride, it Avould still be ours to call 
to the people, to confess the glories of our sovereign Lord, to 
herald the beneficience of his SAvay, and humbly and unceas- 
ingly to pray "Thy kingdom come." 

4. NoAv, ' ' the kingdom of our Lord is founded upon the 
love and grace of our Lord. If, therefore, Ave Avould pro- 
mote the kingdom Ave must proclaim the love. 

In the Christian evangel there are at least three things : 
first, there is rcA'clation, a draAving back of the curtain and 
the uuA'ealing of the Father in Jesus Christ our Lord ; 5:ec- 
ond, there is aspiration, moral ideals and possibilities are 
presented to us; third, there is inspiration. Ave have the Avord 
of reconciliation in Jesus Christ and in him Ave have the gift 
of eternal life. 

NoAv Ave have to tell this good neAvs, to announce this 
eA'angel, even though the AA'hole Avorld is not responsive to 
our effort and does not believe our report. The church of 
Christ has no option. She has received her marching or- 
ders, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every 
creature. ' ' 

But before the church can think imperially, she must 
live holily. If Ave are to be instrumental in transforming the 
kingdom of the Avorld into the kingdom of the Loixl^ he must 
first of all be "our Lord." Is he that? It is useless for us 
to go further, unless Ave can address him by this sacred and 
personal name. Foreign missions are quite secure if only 
we have a home church sincere and sanctified. 

Well, Avliat think you of the church at home? Does 
she constitute a hopeful starting point of Christian imper- 
ialism? Think of her quarrelsomeness. We are far more 
interested on controversy than Ave are upon service. The 
churches put far more energy in canvassing at an election 
than they do cauA'assing for souls. Hoav petty many Chris- 
tian people are, and hoAv touchy, and hoAv easily they throAv 
up their sacred commissfions. A man or Avoman is subject 
to Avhat they call offense, and they immediately send in 
their resignation. Hoav can Ave say he is "our Lord" Avhen 
these ugly things exist in our midst? Before Ave can be 
ardent apostles it is necessary that Ave be loAvly disciples, 
flinging ourselves at the King 's feet Avith the pry, ' ' My Ijord 
and my God!" 



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God the Visible King. ByAivaj.McCiam 

TEXT: But will God indeed dwell on the earth?— I Kings 8:27. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.— John 1:14. 



One of the most staggering questions that ever occurred 
to the mind of man M-as uttered by Israel's Avisest king as he 
entered upon the dedication of that glorious temple which 
lie had built for Jehovah. "Will God in every deed dwell 
with men on the earth? Behold, the heaven and the 
lieaven of heavens cannot contain Thee." Will God in \evy 
deed dwell with men on the earth! 

God's answer to this question of the great king came not 
in any academic fasliion. It was not couched in nebulous 
terms of i^hilosophy, iwjr in any hai'd and fast formula of 
science. God's answer was a concrete action, a mighty fact 
in Iiistory AA'hich the Apostle John described in this fashion, 
"The Word became He.'-h and dwelt among us, and we be- 
held his glory — glory as of the Only-Begotten from the 
Father, full of grace and truth." 

This shall be the text of my sermon — a question and 
its answer, "AVill God in very deed dwell with men on the 
earth?" "The Word became flesh and dM-elt among us." 

Surely I need not attempt any detailed argument to 
prove the iflentity of the "Word." ]<]very informed Chris- 
tian understands that "tlie Word" is none other than our 
Lord Jesus Christ, and that "In the beginning was the 
AVord, and the Word was -with God, and the Word was 
God." Nor should it l)e necessary to dwell at length upon 
the manner in which the Word became flesh. According to 
Matthew and Luke it was by bii'th of the Virgin Mary. To 
this even the law and the prophets bear witness. Saj^s the 
book of Genesis he shall be "the Seed of the Woman." And 
the prophet Isaiah seals this testimony Avith the statement, 
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bring forth a 
child, and thou shalt call his name Immanuel," which being 
interpreted is "God -Hith us." 

The truth then, is that tlie Babe of Bethlehem and the 
wonderful Word are one and the fame, even Jesus Christ 
who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Remember- 
ing this, let us return in thought to the little toAvn of Beth- 
lehem, kneel reverently with the wife men besidethe man- 
ger to contemplate the one who is cradled there. 

We behold a helpless Babe, and yet— "All things were 
made by him. and Avithout liim was not anything made that 
hath be'en made." This is tlie IMalscr of heaven and earth 
and all that therein is! 

AVe behold a Babe who sleeps perhaps, and yet — this is 
he of whom the Psalmist said, "lie that keepeth Israel 
shall neither slumber nor sleep." 

We behold a Babe borne up in his mother's arms, and 
yet — this is he of whom the writer of Hebrews declares, 
"He Tipholdeth all things by the word of his power." Even 
that mighty star, detached perhaps for the moment from its 
proper constellation and caused to swing around and stand 
over r>ethlehem to mark the place of his birth, moved ma- 
jestically through the heavens to its appointed place by the 
power of him -who lay in the vii'gin's ai'ms. 

Perhaps as aa'c linger prayer may be offered for the 
holy Child by the distinguished company, and we shall hear 
the virgin mother pour out her lieart to God in thanksgiving 
and praise for the great honoi' which he has bestowed upon 
her. If so, it will only serve to remind us that we stand 
in the presence of him who lioth hears and answers prayer. 

Surely we stand here on holy ground. Let those in 
whose hearts there is no fear of God seek with vulgar hands 
to pry into the mysteries of the incai'uation. As for us who 
name the Name, let us uncover our heads and take off the 
shoes of our feet, and Avoi-ship. for this is none other than 
"the Gate of Heaven." 

The birth of this Child at Bethlehem, insignificant as 
it may have .■■■eemed to many in those days, nevertheless was 
an event of tremendous consequence to the world, It meant 



the realization of the messianic hopes of all nations. It 
meant that at last God had ushered into the world his own 
Sacrifice for sin, the perfect Antitj'pe of countless smoking 
altars and oceans of poured out blood, a Sacrifice which 
could actually take away .sins as the blood of bulls and goats 
could never do. It meant that finally the world was to see 
a real man, perfect and holy as God intended he should be. 
The birth of this Child at Bethlehem meant that from hence- 
forth the destiny of redeemed man should be forever linked 
with the destiny of God, if it is proper to speak of the des- 
tiny of God. But above all it meant that the invisible God 
had come forth out of the darkness whicli for untold ages 
liad hidden him, and had become the visilile God. It is of 
this particular significance of the incarnation I wish to speak 
in the time that remains. 

Jesus Christ — the Visible God! 

The testimony of all revelation agrees that God is an 
invisible Being. Said Jehovah to Moses, "No man can see 
my face and live." The Psalmist sang of God who "mak- 
eth tlie darkness his seci'et place." John said, "No man 
hath seen God at any time." And Paul .speaks of him as 
"the King of kings and Lord of lords, who only hath im- 
mortality, dwelling in light unapproachable, Avhom no man 
hath seen, nor can see." 

Yet tlie heart of man has never been satisfied with an 
invisible GJod. He has ever cried out for more reality. And 
'this has been a universal cry, voiced by all mankind from 
the most degraded savage to the holiest saint of God. 
Every heathen that carves his god from wood or stone and 
falls down before it is at least giving expression to his 
desire for a god that he can see. Evei'y child that is told of 
God and taught the things concerning him will try to visual- 
ize him. You may tell the child that he cannot be seen, 
nevertheless in that child's mind there will be some kind of 
an image. Sometimes it will be a very strange one too. I 
do^^bt if there is a person here before me that does not have 
hidden back in his mind a picture of God as he has con- 
ceived him to be. You may have never been sufficiently 
bold to describe that picture, as for. instance Wells the nov- 
elist has been, but the picture is there. And its presence 
witnesses to the innate desire of man to see God. 

Moses had this desire when he said to Jehovah, "Show 
me, I pray thee, thy glory." Job had the same desire when 
he cried, "Oh that I knew where I might find him! Behold 
I go forward but he is not there : and backward but I can- 
not perceive him : on the left hand when he doth Avork but 
I cannot behold him : he hideth himself on the right hand 
that I cannot see him." It must have been in Philip's heart 
Avhen he said to our Lord Jesus, "Show us the Father and 
it sufficeth us. " 

NoAv God ncA-er put a yearning into the heart of man 
that he did not intend some day to satisfy. And Jesus Christ 
was God's ansAver to man's age-long cry for a Adsible God. 
Simeon must have understaad this as he held in his arms 
the holy Child and said, "Noav lettest thy servant depart. 
Lord, for mine eyes have seen — ." John understood this as 
he Avrote, "We beheld his glory, glory as of the Only-Begot- 
ten from the Father." Paul kncAV it for a fact Avhen lie 
spoke of Christ as the "Image of the iiiAnsible God." Jesus 
Christ himself A\-as conscious of it Avhen he gave ansAver to 
the blindness of his disciple, "He that hath seen me hath 
seen the Father. ' ' 

Yes, Avhen Jesus Christ came into the Avorld, God came 
into the Avorld. Men saAV his face. They beheld his glory, 
and bore true Avitness by inspiration that this glory Avhich 
they had seen Avas "glory as from the Father." 

" It Avas a realization of this tremendous fact anmng oihei 
motives that sent out the cUsciples as transformed men into 



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the midst of enemies and deadly perils, there to pro^'laim 
Jesus Christ as Lord of all, and finally die for him. It in- 
spired their burning and dogmatic messagea. Other uien 
might infer the existence of God from beholding rlie created 
universe: the i^hilosophers might reason out his existence 
by subtle argument and much metaphysical cliff-climb'ng; 
but these men knew there was a Crod because they had seen 
him. It was not hearsay or guesswork on their part. Said 
Peter years afterward, "A¥e did not follow cunningly de- 
vised fables when Ave made known unto you the poAvei' and 
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses 
of his Majesty." And still later John had the same iissi:r- 
ance as he began his first epistle with these words, ''Thai 
which Avas from the beginning, that Avhich Ave haA'e heajd, 
that Avhich Ave haA'e seen with our eyes, that Avhich Ave beheld 
and our hands handled," this "declare Ave unto you." 

To see God, to behold his face, to gaze upon his glory 
and likeness, — that Avas ever the sustaining hope and con- 
fidence of holy men of old. David had that hope. He saAV 
around him a class of men that he describes as "men of 
the Avorld AA-hose portion is in this life. " God had given them 
treasures. He had given them children. With these good 
things they pronounced themselves "satisfied." Not so Avith 
David. God had given him even more than other men, yet 
he Avas not satisfied. "As for me, he cries to his God, let me 
behold thy face. I shall be satisfied Avhen I shall aAvake Avith 
beholding thy form." Job had this hope of seeing God. 
When all his great Avealtii A\'as sAvept aAvay, his sons and 
daughters dead, his OAvn body sorely smitten Avith loathsome 
disease, his Avife untrue and friends false— in such an hour 
the patriarch lifted up his eyes and cried, "I knoAV that my 



Redeemer liA'eth, and at last he aaiII stand up upon the earth; 
and after my skin, even this body is destroyed; then in my 
flesh shall I see God; Avhom I, even I shall see, and mine 
eyes ehall behold." And Ave today have the same hope for it 
has been promised us that "avc shall see him as he is." 

Although it Avas not given to the holy men of old, nor 
to us, to kneel beside the manger in Bethlehem, nor to Avalk 
with the Lord in Judea's hill, nor to lean upon his breast 
and look into his face, yet their hope and ours shall not go 
unrealized. To this the closing book of Revelation bears 
sure Avitness. Among the innumerable and most blessed 
Avonders of the Ncaa- Jerusalem, that city AA'hose biiilder and. 
maker is God, Ave are told that Avithin it, "there shall be 
no more any curse." But "the throne of God and the Lamb 
shall he therein, and his servants shall serve him, and they 
shall see his face." Amen. "They shall see his face." The 
face of the Babe of Bethlehem, the face of Mary's Son, the 
face of the Carpenter of Nazareth, the face of the Man of 
Galilee, the face AA'hich Avas so marred more than any man 
the face of God ! Oh that Avill be glory. When by his grace 
I shall look on his face, that Avill be glory for me ! _ 

The incarnation should mean much to us for it is sup- 
posed to mark the time Avhen God pinned back the curtain 
of darkness Avhich surroimded him and became manifest to 
the human sight in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. And 
it is my firm conviction this morning that throughout all 
the coming ages AA^hich shall roll on ceaselessly and forever 
the Lord Jesus is all that any soul shall ever see of God. 
But he is sufficient, for in him dAvelleth all the fulness of 
the Godhead bodily. 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 

Exaltation and Service 

By Miss Emily Beatrice Gnagey 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

And after six days Jesus takes Peter, James and John, 
his brother and bringeth them i;p into an high mountain 
apart, and Avas transfigured before them: and his face did 
shine as the sun, aud his raiment Avas Avhite as the light. 
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias 
talking Avith them. Then answered Peter and said unto 
Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here : if thou Avilt, let 
us make here three tabernacles; one for thee and one for 
Moses and one for Elias. And while he yet spake, behold, 
a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold a A'oice out 
of the cloud, Avhich said. This is my beloA^ed Son, in Avhom 

I am Avell pleased; hear ye him Lord have mercy on 

my son: for he is a lunatic and sore vexed: for ofttimes he 
falleth into the fire, and. oft into the Avater. A^nd I brought 
him to thy disciples, and they coidd not cure him (Matt. 
17:1-5, 15-16). Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 
And as ye go, preach, saying. The kingdom of heaven is at 
hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast 
out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matt. 10: 
6-8). Whosoevei' Avill be great among you, let him be your 
minister; and Avhosoever Avill lie chief among you, let him 
be your servant (Matt. 20:26, 27). 

OUR MEDITATIONS 

Centuries ago a King came to a little group of rude, 
expectant men, whose fathers had long aAvaited the King's 
coming and Avho,- like the toiling and yearning in every age, 
lived their meager lives and Avaited. And the King came. 
His palace Avas a stalile, his throne a cross, his scepter a 
nail-piei-eed hand, and his croAvn a wreath of thorns. While 
emperors marsjialed their legions and Avent to their con- 
quests, his court numbered tAvelve. Tliey had little to give 
as the Avorld reckons life's good tilings, but they left it all 

for the unthroned Kiiig. They velinquislied their fortunes, 



surrendered their wills, yielded their lives; yet, sending 
them forth, he said, "Freely ye have receiA^ed, freely give." 

And Avhat had they received? The companionship and 
precepts of a King — and a life. He had Avalked Avith them 
along the highAvays and tarried Avith them in their humble 
homes; he had preached to them by the sea; the lilies and 
the meadows and the grain fields Avere their familiar en- 
vironment; they kncAV the desert and the hillside and the 
mountain ton ; but they must have loved the hills most. It 
Avas on a hillside that the angels announced the King's com- 
ing : on a mountain he refused the sovereignty of the Avorld, 
Avhich he bade his sub.iects renounce ; on a mountain he gave 
them the beatitudes and taught them to pray and delivered 
to them a ncAV law of love: on a mountain he rcA^^ealed to 
them his glory; on a mountain he finally went to his death; 
and from a mountain he ascended. For all this exaltation 
of spirit, he exacted a correspondingly high sacrifice or ser- 
Adce. Implicit obedience for the Sermon on the Mount, the 
commonplace for the transfiguration; for the Moiuit of the 
Ascen.sion, the cA^angelization of the Avoiid. 

And Avhat did they give? From the altitude of adora- 
tion they climbed the further heights of service. They gave 
that for Avhich he lived and died, the life that is beyond life. 

Usefulness begets larger u.sefulness ; and obedience to a 
heavenly vision opens the eyes of faith to ever Avidening 
fields of opportunity. And so it comes that in the year of 
Grace, nineteen hundred and nineteen, Ave share in that life, 
see with clearer vision the King in his beai;ty, and climb 
to heaghts not reached before. 

Shall Ave disproA'e the divine paradox that the higher Ave 
climb toAvard heaA-en the closer Ave get to the Avorld of men? 
Or betray the trust of the ascending Christ? 

OUR PRAYER 

Grant, Ave beseech thee. Almighty God, that like as we 
do believe thine only-begotten Son pur Lord Je'us Christ to 
haA'e ascended into the heavens ; so may Ave also in heart and 
mind thither ascend, and Avith him continually dAvell, AA^ho 
liveth and rcigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, 
world Avithout end, Amen, 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



Missions in the Sunday School. By Mrs. George seibert 



(The following paper was read at tte 
IvKncmorado conference last October and or- 
dered sent to the Evangelist for publication. 
— C. W. Yoder.) 

The work of the Sunday school is to teach 
the Word of God so that we may be work- 
men that need not be ashamed, that we 
may be approved, and thoroughly furnished 
unto all good work, that we may know the 
will of God concerning us and his plans of 
salvation, that we may grow in the know- 
ledge and admonition of the Lord and into 
a Christ-likeness. 

As we grow in grace and knowledge, we 
come more closely to follow in the steps of 
him who went about doing good and we learn 
that he came "not to be ministered unto but 
to minister" and to deliver a message, even 
as he himself said: "For this came I into the 
world." 

Since there is no other name under heaven 
given among men whereby we must be saved, 
as told in the Word of God, then this name 
must be declared "Unto all the world" that 
all may know that "Jesus is the Christ the 
Son of the living God" and able to save from 
sin. 

Jesus taught missions on the Sabbath day. 
"As his custom was he went into the syna- 
gogue to teach "As his custom was" he 
taught, not occasionally, as we sometimes do, 
but every Sabbath day. And because he 
taught "AS HIS CUSTOM WAS," there 
were many to hear him. Some came to crit- 
icize and to find fault, as they do now; some 
came to see what he would say, out of idle 
curiosity, as they do now; and some — AS AL- 
WAYS — to learn t' golden truths of the 
message. 

Jesus did not alwajD teach the same audi- 
ence, nor speak from the same pulpit. He 
went from place to wlace. He had no home 
of his own, no abiding place on earth. He 
was misunderstood and abused and refused but 
he did not cease his work because of this. 
If he had, there would . be no need of any- 
one else teaching missions anywhere, but be- 
cause he did not get discouraged and give up 
the work his Father intrusted to him, his 
followers can desire no greater privilege than 
to go forward in his name. 

When Jesus had completed his mission of 
dwelling among us, he still promised to be 
with his workers if they obeyed his com- 
mand and that last great command was to 
preach the gospel to every creature, baptiz- 
ing them in the name of the father and of the 
Son and of the Holy Ghost" and this was fol- 
lowed by the promise, ' ' Lo, I am with you al- 
way even unto the end of the world." 

The Bible throughout is a missionary book. 
From the call of Abraham to the coming of 
Christ the Old Testament story is a mission- 
ary story. And the New Testament tells of 
the greatest missionary the world will ever 
know. It tells of a Prince leaving his home 
in heaven, giving up all its riches and glory, 
leaving the Father and coming to earth to 
bring the message of salvatioa to man, "And 



the Word became flesh and dwelt among us 
and we beheld his glory, the glory of the 
only begotten of the Father full of grace 
and truth." And "As many as received him 
to them gave he power to become the sons of 
God, even to them that believe in his name." 

And then consider the book of Acts. Did 
you ever hear of a greater missionary boookf 
And would you know how these missionaries 
carried out the teaching of the Master? 
Would you know how the church was' founded 
and the teachers sent out to teach the mes- 
sage of the kingdom? Bead Acts. Study 
ACTS. 

And the epistles — and the special letters 
— and finallj- Revelations — the climax of the 
missionary story of the Bible. 

We cannot teach the Bible, therefore, with- 
out teaching missions. We cannot carry our 
text book to Sunday school without carrying 
a great message of missions with us. We can- 
not study the biographies of the Bible he- 
roes and heroines without studying the lives 
of great missionaries and we cannot study the 
Bible and carry out the commands it con- 
tains for us unless we go on with the work of 
teaching and preaching — of discipling all na- 
tions, for if the Bibile has any command for 
us at all, it is the one of spreading the good 
news into all the world. 

We study the "How" of teaching the 
Bible and we neglect the "How" of DOING 
the work it commands. We are eager to 
hear the message of a Savior but we do not 
give it to others. We learn that we may 
know but not that we may tell others and yet 
we lose what we would keep, for the Bible 
teaches that "Whosoever would save his life 
must lose it" and that "we can keep only 
that which we give." This seems a paradox 
but it is the truth. 

And we will say: "We have no time for 
special missionary teaching in Sunday school. 
We have only an hour and we cannot spend 
that time teaching about missionaries." We 
give time to things that are considered impor- 
tant but we do not consider missions impor- 
tant enough to spend our time teaching. We 
have about all we can do to keep up the reg- 
ular lessons and it takes all the money we 
have to pay for our supplies. It is necessary 
that we pay our debts and study the text but 
it is also necessary that w^e help someone 
else to know about that text, and we cannot 
get the message to many without some of our 
funds are used to send it. Therefore we are 
doing just half our work, embracing just halt 
the privileges and obeying just half the com- 
mand of our Lord when we take in all and 
give out nothing to those around us. 

In order to be in.spired to the work of 
"going or sending," we must have some in- 
formation about what is being done in the 
world, about the needs of certain places, about 
the people who dwell there, and what we can 
do to reach the needy. We can never actually 
see all these places and peoples. We can never 
look upon the needs with our own eyes, foj 



the world is too big and too needy for any 
one to find all the dark corners, but we can 
see through the eyes of other people the 
needs of many places. 

There is ALWAYS time, for we have all 
the time there is and we cannot better spend 
it than in learning God's will concerning us 
and his will concerning our fellow men. Chris- 
tianity, or Christlikeness is a triangle. It is 
your God, your brother and you, and you can- 
not get along with only two sides, not even 
with your God and you. It must include the 
brother. 

To allow a Sunday school to go on, year 
after year, doing nothing to help anyone be- 
sides themselves is to teach, year after year, 
selfishness, aiid selfishness and Christ cannot 
dwell in the same place at the sanje time. 

To teach missions effectively in the Sun- 
day school there must be systematic teach- 
ing. They must be supremely important, for 
the supreme mission of the Sunday school is 
to teach missions. No Bible school can live 
within itself and live up to the teachings of 
the Master, the Head of the church. It must 
teach people to be doers of the Word as well 
as hearers, to be LIVING EPISTLES, known 
and read of all men. 

To know what is being done in the world 
is to carry the message, and to be interested 
in that work. To know this we can use a few 
minutes of time every Sunday very profitably 
to learn. There are consecrated workers out 
in the world, trying to fulfill the command, 
"Go ye into all the world and preach the 
gospel, ' ' and we should know about them and 
be inspired to follow in their train. 

Every Sunday school can give ten minutes 
to the study of some of these workers and 
every Sunday school can give a part of their 
offering to send workers into these fields. 

Beaver City, Nebraska. 



Special Notices 

February 11th, 1919. 
Brother Editor: 

Will j-ou permit through the columns of 
the Evangelist the correction of an error in 
<nir leaflet, "A Year's Stewardship," in the 
lists of schools given special mention, by the 
omission of the Waterloo school? 

Under schools having largest enrollment, 
Waterloo stands 4th, with 415; under average 
attendance, 8th, with 189; under Home De- 
partments 3rd, with 103; under Cradle Eolls, 
(ith, with 78. 

With apologies to our good Waterloo peo- 
ple and confessing to poor "stewardship" I 
am. Fraternally yours, 

ALBERT TRENT. 
Spokane, Wash., Jan. 18, 1919. 
Dear Editor: 

The First Brethren Sunday school of Spo- 
kane has' accepted the Waterloo challenge 
iind much interest is being manifested in tir- 
ing to win the points. Sincerely, 

LILLIAN E. BOWEifS, Sup't, - 
528 W. Knos Avenue, 



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J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



G. C. Carpenter 

SECRETARY 



Important Subjects in Christian Endeavor 
By Arthur Cashman 



Each organization has its beginning and 
from the beginning through years of progress 
it has it's history. So has Christian Endea- 
vor. From the time of its organization until 
now, a great history has accumulated which 
is being studied by a large band of Christian 
Endeavor workers. It has grown to be one 
of the most useful and beneficial auxiliaries 
of the church. Besides being interesting the 
study of this organization is instructive and 
helpful. 

This society began thirty-eight years ago. 
February 2, 1881, when it was founded by Rev. 
Francis E. Clark, at Portland, Maine. Only 
nine months later, in October 1881, the sec- 
ond society was formed by Kev. Charles Per- 
ry Mills in Newburyport, .Massachusetts. With 
these two societies formed, rapid progress was 
made in various ways. Publications began 
in newspapers and magazines, and new books 
were written at an early date, the first of 
which was "Children and the Church," by 
Dr. Clark, in 1883. 

Shortly after the founding of these so- 
cieties, conventions were frequently held 
which discloses the fact that the Christian 
Endeavor movement had experienced great 
progress since its birth. With but six socie- 
ties, the first of these conventions was held 
in June, 1882. Three years later (1885), the 
United Society of Christian Endeavor was 
formed in Maine. Many large and notable 
conventions have since been held in the lar- 
ger cities of the United States. Christian 
Endeavor has spread into almost every coun- 
try and several successful conventions of 
"The World's Christian Endeavor Union" 
have been held. In the year 1886, when Dr. 
Clark became president of the United Society 
of Christian Endeavor, the first local union 
was formed at New Haven, Connecticut, in 
January, 1886. "The Golden Rule" was es- 
tablished also in that year. 

The principles, as laid down by Dr. Wells, 
are definite standards of service and definite 
commitment to those standards: open confes- 
sion of Christ and speaking for him accord- 
ing to ability and ojoportunity, the cultivation 
of the devoltional life by regular prayer and ■ 
Bible study, training in Christian service by 
a variety of committee work, loyal to the 
church services, generous giving to Christian 
work, Christian citizenship, interdenomina- 
tional fellowship and the promotion of peace 
and good will among the nations of the world. 
All of these endeavors are to be made in ac- 
cordance with the will of Christ and trusting 
in him for strength. These are the purposes 
and the steady aims in Christian Endeavor. 

One may ask why Christian Endeavor has 
grown to be such a, large and strong organ- 
ization or why it has spread so rapidlj' 
throughout the nations. We find that prayer 
has played a large part in this growth and 
ihat the founders and chief officers of the so- 
i-ieties were consecrated men who applied the 
.ledge to their lives. 

Ope of the greatest functjojia in Christian 



Endeavor is what is known as the "Quiet 
Hour." Naturally we ask what is meant by 
the "Quiet Hour;" and the answer comes 
back that it is a regular time spent daily 
in quiet communion with God, and his eternal 
Word. How lax we are along such lines as 
Bible study and fervent prayerl There are 
so many outside issues, merging into our Col- 
lege career that this very important phase of 
life is sorrowfully neglected. But we ask. 
How is the "Quiet Hour" connected with 
the pledge we signed when we became mem- 
bers of the Christian Endeavor society? To 
this comes the answer in the simple words of 
the pledge itself. "I promise to make it the 
rule of my life to pray and read the Bible 
every day." "The Quiet Hour" simply 
makes this pledge a little more definite. 

That word "Quiet" is a wonderful word. 
Quietness is a divine characteristic. God is 
quiet. The earth has grown noisy. Nature 
is still and quiet. Man has become noisy. 
God is quiet. Noise reveals weakness; some- 
thing is out of gear. Sound is rythm; noise 
is discord. And may the expression be deep- 
ened by repetition while we softly say again, 
God is quiet. Of the many virtues the scrip- 
tures teach us, quietness holds no little place. 
In Acts 19:36 we read, "Ye ought to be 
quiet." In 1 Thessalonians 4:11 we read, 
"Study to be quiet." And in Isaiah 30:15 

Where Brethren Young 
By G. C. 

"Flues" in the Mountains 

Were you ever in a room where father, 
mother and six children have lain ill for days 
without attention? The very suggestion 
makes you shudder. 

But you are thinking about one of those 
comfortable, cozy, bright alluring bed rooms 
you and J'our community enjoy. I am re- 
calling the interior squalor of a mountain 
hut — the rough floor reeking with influenza 
sputum — whose only furniture is two chairs 
and three beds; beds so filthy that a king's 
ransom would not induce you to sleep in one 
for a single night. 

You knock. 

"Come in," is the feeble response. 

Y'ou open the door and stand staring into 
the twilight. The room is windowless. A 
feverish stench sends you staggering back- 
ward. You master an inclination to run and 
step inside. Dust particles and disease 
germs — you wonder how many millions of 
them — dance in sun rays that enter through 
cracks and chinks in the wall. 

The peevings of a sick baby, or the ravings 
of a delirious child, remind yoii that there 
are human beings in the room. You take 
another step and stumble over a chair. Your 
eyes are becoming adjusted to the dark. You 
locate beds with recumbent figures. 

A woman's voice does most of the talking. 

"TJje oW man, be took the flufig fi >verj( 



we read, ' ' In quietness shall be your 
strength. ' ' 

If Nature has one lesson which, in this 
stimulaiting American air, we' need more than 
any other it is the lesson of calmness and 
quietness of the soul. We rush from one kind 
of knowledge to another; eager, breathless 
and excited, and forget that culture is not a 
fruit to be plucked by a swift hand, but a 
fertility that follows the falling of the rain 
into our souls, and the slow and silent en- 
richment of the invisible soul. John Green- 
leaf Whittier knew the value of a quiet spir- 
it when he wrote: 
Drop thy still dew of quietness, 

Till all our strivings cease: 
Take from our souls the strain and stress, 

And let our ordered lives confess 

The beauty of thy peace. 

So, should we not renew our efforts as 
Christian Endeavorers to engage more ar- 
dently in the "Quiet Hour?" Should we not 
learn, in this way to keep the body quiet; the 
voice quiet, the eyes quiet, the thoughts, im- 
agination and emotions quiet? 

Quiet means the natural expression of mas- 
tery, neither overdone nor underdone. Mas- 
tery is holding true to nature. Mastery 
means quietness, the quietness of rythm, 
of the sun's swing, of the dew 'a fall, of all 
of God's action in nature. 

Let us daily and preferably early in the 
morning get our Bibles and go to the Master 
and, in quietness, learn to be masters... 

; People Are Doing Good 
Carpenter 

ago come Sunday. The baby, hit's so fretful 
I have to be up and down. Johnnie there, 
has come down. 

"No, we aint' had no doctor. The old man 
he lowed a lot of folks had died with the 
doctor. 

"Yes'm, we've been doctorin' ourselves. 

"Black draught and castor oil. 
' "The baby, 'pears like hits colicy most 
all the time. 

"Yes'm, I gin hit a whole bottle of oil." 
Hrst Experience of Workers at Kosseau, Ky. 

When we first saw the house, its walls cov- 
ered wath red builders' paper, we thought, 
"The grace of God alone" can keep one in 
such a place, and it did. We suffered hard- 
ship and sickness, and sometimes did not 
know where the next meal was coming from, 
but his grace was sufficient, and he always 
sent the provisions needed. I remember one 
time at morning prayers we asked him to 
send us something for dinner, as we did not 
have anything. I went out into the garden to 
see if I could find anything big enough to 
eat, but did not. When I returned I found 
a boy on the back porch with some potatoes 
which his mother had sent, saying they were 
small, but perhaps we would like them, as 
they were still scarce. There were enough 
for two dinners. So he always provides bet- 
ter tbafl wp ask. 



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Home Mission Notes 
By G. C. Carpenter 

A Star for Long Beach 

Brother Wall writes: "I notice in the 
Evangelist in Brother Bowman's report that 
he gives our church credit for $125 as our 
Thanksgiving offering. This is correct, but 
he does not place the star opposite our name, 
as it should be, as we are one of the 
churches that has more than reached the 
thirty cents per member." 

Brother Bowman is a very careful and effi- 
cient secretary and the only way we can ac- 
count for the absence of that deserved star 
is that it must have been a 'Tailing Star." 
But we are certain that Brother Bowman will 
place it there again, for he has learned that 
he can count on Long Beach, war or no war, 
influenza or no influenza, rain or sunshine. 
Other churches that have not reached the thir- 
ty cents per member goal for home missions 
should get busy and win a star. 
Krypton 

Brother Cook writes that he is planning to 
have a tuition school during the months of 
February and March or longer. This school 
is self-supporting. 

"They Shall Not Pass" Unsaved 

With the world at home and abroad a fal- 
low seed-bed, we can never excuse ourselves 
if this, our greatest opportunity, is let pass. 
With every challenge and opportunity God 
gives the means and ability to meet it, and 
the fact that we have multiplied calls from 
scores of worthy causes in nowise lessens our 
responsibility as a missionary force. 

The church in America has been blessed 



MISSIONS 



beyond the imagination of men. Now, that 
a crisis is reached, our Commander calls to 
his soldiers for support. Paul and those faith- 
ful men who lived close to Jesus heai-d the 
summons, " Go ! " As a result Asia Minor and 
Europe felt the power of a new birth. To- 
day the world is prepared for another seed 
sowing, and Christ again calls. Will the 
church make the proper answer? 

In behalf of the people of the frontiers of 
the West, in behalf of the hundreds of thou- 
sands hid in the fastnesses of our own moun- 
tains, in behalf of the nameless multitudes 
who live in our cities, in behalf of the mil- 
lions beyond the sea, and for the love of him 
who died for you and me, I plead. — The Soul- 
Winner. 



A WOMAN OF MACEDONIA 

A missionary in Egypt was telling a woman 
the story of the love of Jesus, and at the 
close she said, "It is a wonderful story ; do 
the women in your country believe it?'' 
"Yesl" said the missionary. The woman 
thought a moment, then she said,' "I don't 
think they can all believe it or they would 
not be so long in coming to tell us. Why, 
nobody has ever loved me. AVhen I was born 
they wept seven days because I was a girl. 
At nine years of age 1 was married, but was 
not loved, and only the other day my own boy 
spat in my face because I am a woman. Now 
you tell me that a man whom I never saw 
so loved me that he died for me! Why, I 
can hardly believe it." — Arthur Steel, in the 
Foreign Field. 



Krypton Kentucky 

School is going again. Lost Creek has fur- 
nished a teacher for Krypton. Miss Eliza- 
beth Haddix began school work here the 
third of February and everybody seems hap- 
py, and the word is being passed around al- 
ready, "We like our teacher." Thanks to 
both Miss -Haddix and Lost Creek. 

Wo have a fine interest in the religious 
work now, about the best we have ever had. 
The laity is doing a lot of personal work, and 
when the laity gets busy something is sure 
to happen. But let it happen we are ready 
for it. 

Personal Gifts 

There have been a number of personal gifts 
sent to us and to Paul James, for which we 
are truly grateful. We have acknowledged 
all these gifts by personal letters, but in two 
or three instances the letters have been re- 
turned, for that reason we are making this 
explanation. 

Gifts for the Work 

Several months ago the Louisville Chris- 
tian Endeavor society sent us by way of the 
pastor two dollars and fifty cents and for 
some reason this has never been announced. 

Gleaners Sunday School Class, Lanark, Illi- 
nois, $5.00. 

One box of clothing, by S. S. C. E. La. 
Verne, Calif. 

Miss Gertrude Ham and her pupils, Hunt- 
ington, Indiana, sent enough gifts 'at the 
Christmas season for all the boys- and girls 
in and around Krypton. 

Nnppanee, Indiana, a box of clothing. 

J. S. COOK. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



THE CAMDEN, OHIO. EEVTVAL 

True to our prophecy and expectation, at 
Camden, Ohio, we exceeded the "limit." 
Twenty-two souls stepped to the front, all but 
two of whom (so far as memory now serves) 
came as sinners; and, most of whom made 
the great confession for the first time. More- 
over, practically all of them may be reck- 
oned as adults. Seventeen of them were bap- 
tized by Brother Beekley, pastor of the Gratis 
church, in his church on Sunday morning, 
January 26th. One came by relation. Prac- 
tically all will be received into the fellow- 
ship of the congregation at Camden. The lit- 
tle flock there rejoiceth greatly. 

Most of us know that Camden is but a 
baby congregation, small in numbers, and 
weak in this world's goods. But, when we 
arrived, we found them "in the spirit," ready 
to pray, testify, do personal work, or any- 
thing else that lay in their power. They had 
no regular preacher since Brother Lowman 
left them more than a year before — no resi- 
dent pastor. Brother Beekley, pastor at 
Gratis, by the kindness of the Gratis church, 
consented to preach for them for such part of 
his time every other Sunday as was not tak- 
en in his work at Gratis and preached for 



them only one Sunday before our arrival. But 
his health at present does not permit him to 
do much pastoral work; so, we found the work 
Avithout proper support from this point of 
view. The "flu" ban had just been lifted 
a week before our arrival. From the human 
point of view, it seemed a rather discour- 
aging task again- to which we had been called. 
But wlien we found out the spirit of the con- 
gregation, we felt a revival would come in 
spite of all obstacles, and it did. When a 
church makes any real attempt to meet the 
scrix)tural conditions for a revival, the bless- 
ing will surely come, in spite of hindrances. 
The spirit of this little band is shown in 
the fact that when we began the meeting, 
we found that there was large dependence 
xipon the Ohio Mission Board for the expenses 
of this meeting, which were not small for the 
band there. However, they got the vision of 
their possibilities, and they got the blessing 
from above, and with real joy, they went 
about $15.00 over the top for all expenses 
connected with this meeting. Let the mem- 
bers of the Ohio Mission Board say to them. 
' ' Thank you ! ' ' Really, we never saw a hap- 
pier band than that little band when they 
thus went "over the topi" Ahl they had 



. learned something of the secret of the Mas- 
ter's joy. 

Now, just a word to the churches of Ohio, 
and especially to the Mission Board of that 
state. Say! If Camden was in Southern 
California, there is just one way we would 
do it: we would immediately place a pastor 
there for his full time and say to him, "Ta]ce 
r-are of that flock. AVhat they cannot furnish 
you in the way of necessary expenses of your 
living and the expenses of the work, we 
will. ' ' The sure result wo-nld be, we would 
soon have a self-supporting church that woxild 
heeonie a real help to others likewise. The 
foundation has been laid there by the reviv- 
als they have had with liOwman and Bell be- 
foi-e me, and the field there is ripe for a great 
harvest when once the people of that commu- 
nity know it to be an established work. I 
think they are coming to believe that the 
work is no longer an experiment. But, do not 
make the sad mistake there that was made, 
— start a work and then leave the lambs to 
the wolves without a shepherd. Had the 
work at Camden been properly cared for af- 
ter the previous revivals, we believe we would 
have had a hundred confessions at this meet- 
ing. Those acquainted with the work know 



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that I know what I am talking about. Now, 
that flock needs a shepherd, and it will be 
fatal to delay securing the same for it. Broth- 
er Beekley can do some preaching for them 
• — once every other Sunday. But neither 
Brother Beekley 's health nor the work he 
has at Gratis will permit him giving proper 
care to this flock. He will do the best he 
can just now, but a man should be secured 
at once to take care of that work if the 
Ohio Mission Board means business. 

May God bless the dear little band of faith- 
ful souls at Camden, and add to them daily 
such as should be saved. We are now at Nap- 
panee, Indiana, where we will be until Feb- 
ruary 16th, at least, the Lord willing. Things 
look good here, and thus far we can see no 
reason why a revival should not again come 
to this church that God has so often thus 
blessed in the past. They are ready to pray, 
and they are ready to give the personal touch. 
We never saw such a long ' ' prayer list ' ' as 
Brother Kolb has on hand. And, he is backed 
by a people ready to carry the "list" daily 
before the Throne. 

LOUIS S. BOWMAN. 
January 30 1919. 



CAMPAIGN NOTES 

This report represents the final from In- 
diana. It took a lot of time and the driv- 
ing of many a mile to canvass the 35 
churches of Indiana. But at last we are able 
to report the task completed. And with In- 
diana and Pennsylvania now covered we be- 
gin to feel that we are near the half way 
place in the campaign. And I am sure no 
one could wish more than I do that the re- 
maining half of the field were also covered. 

The last U\o churches visited were College 
Corner and New Highland. Brother Homer 
Anderson of Evangelist fame is the pastor 
at College Corner. He is carrying this work 
in connection with Dutchtown. And needless 
to say, he was right with me on the job un- 
til the last minute in my canvass at College 
Corner. Brother Anderson has an ambition 
to see his congregations make good in every 
enterprise of the church. He wanted to see 
College Corner make good for endowment. But 
it ought to be said that College Corner was 
situated very much as Flora in that within 
the last year this congregation also went 
through a building campaign, and consequent- 
ly I did not find the people in a position to 
do for endowment quite what they would 
have done under different conditions. Our 
result was $510. This money not only came 
from individuals, but practically all of the 
auxiliaries of the church took a part, such as 
the Sunday school, several Sunday school 
classes, the S. S. C. E., and the Junior Chris- 
tian Endeavor. It is always encouraging to 
see the boys and girls want a part in this 
good work. I might have said that College 
Corner is a rural congregation made up of 
fine people, and with its house of worship now 
beautified and modernized, I believe it will do 
a splendid and far-reaching work in that part 
of the Master 's \'ineyard. I am especially 
indebted to Brother Ed White and his good 
wife for the kind, genuine hospitality they 
showed me in their home. And I am just as 
greatly indebted to Brother Jerry Flora for 
his kindness to me. I don't oare a rap what 



may be said against the children of preach- 
ers, here is a man whose father is a preacher, 
Brother Ben Flora, and I will put Jerry up 
against any of the brethren when it comes to 
downright loyalty and devotion to the church. 
I know Jerry will blush desperately when he 
reads this because he is a modest man. But 
never mind, Jerry, it will soon be over. Any- 
how, Jerry Flora is the man who hitched up 
his Ford and pulled me through the mud one 
whole day when many a man would have po- 
litely told me to get gum boots and walk or 
stay at home. Well, we had a good time with 
the College Corner people, and I covet for 
them and their faithful pastor the rich bless- 
ing of God. It will be a joy to get back to 
College Corner again some day. 

Now then, we report for New Highland. 
This place has been without a pastor since 
shortly after National Conference. Brother 
D. A. C. Teeter had been the pastor up until 
that time. And although New Highland is 
one of the smallest if not the smallest congre- 
gation in Indiana, yet when I tell you that 
this little band leads all of Indiana, and, 
as far as I can now recall, all of Pennsyl- 
vania in its gift on the per capita basis, it 
will be seen that the best is kept again un- 
til the last. New Highland with only 17 
members went $255. That means $15.00 per 
capita. For a long time Mexico held the 
pennant: but now Mexico shall have to deliv- 
er up the pennant to New Hnghland. Be- 
cause Highland's $15.00 per leads Mexico's 
$13.00 per. Mexico did well, but Highland 
did better. I was only in this congregation 
a day and a night; and what these folks did 
they did quickly. When I was told what 
this little band raised last year for the sup- 
port of their pastor for half time I was 
amazed. I shall not divulge the figures here, 
but I question if the record can be dupli- 
cated anywhere in the brotherhood. And this 
is not because these folks are rich; they are 
not. Some are renters, and others have 
obligated themselves heavily for homes; but 
surely these folks have learned the fine art 
of giving to the Lord. I hope this little con- 
gregation may soon get a pastor. Such peo- 
ple are too good to be neglected. In my can- 
vass here Brother A. E. DiokerliofE got me 
around to see the people, and I lodged with 
him in his kind, hospitable home. To him 
and his wife I am very grateful. 

In this final report for Indiana I want to 
say that the total result in this state is ap- 
proximately $29,000. It lacks just a little of 
being even $29,000. What a pity it could not 
still be rounded out to $29,000— better still, 
to $30,000 ! Maybe it can be yet. If anybody 
has been missed in Indiana, or if anybody 
feels even yet that he did not hit this thing 
as hard and as squarely as he could have 
and should have done, may I say, the doors 
are still open. Write me and tell me you 
want to round this out at least to $29,000 and 
you will hear from me at once. 

Since it is all over in Indiana I want to 
say at least one or two things. First, In- 
diana has a fine lineup of preachers. They 
are all good fellows and they all pulled right 
up with me in splendid fashion. And I want 
to say to each one of those preachers again, 
"Thank you, and God blesa you." I could 



not have done what has been done in Indiana 
apart from the fine co-operation of the pas- 
tors. Then too, I must say Indiana has a 
splendid lot of congregations — nice people 
and good buildings. And surely the combin- 
ed Brethren churches of Indiana represent 
great strength. True, Indiana like every 
other state and district has some congrega- 
tions that are sickly and struggling, and may- 
be in some instances dying. But on the 
whole Brethrenism in Indiana is alive and 
going forward. And I believe if we were 
planning the campaign over I would again 
take Indiana first. Indiana had to leap in 
and try the water first. She had nothing to 
gauge herself by, and hence it has been a 
pioneer part she has played. To Indiana 
came the honor to blaze the trail. This she 
did, and then Pennsylvania followed nobly. 
Now then, I believe we shall see all the re- 
maining states and districts do the same. I 
believe each and every state and district is 
highly resolved that in this great enterprise 
it will do its full part. 

The next report will come from somewhere 
in the west. 

WM. H. BEACHLEE, 
Campaign Secretary. 



TEEGAEDEN, INDIANA 

Is Teegarden on the Brethren mapi 1 
think so. But you have not heard much about 
the ]ilace. The Brethren at this place have 
not been saying much but have been sawing 
wood. We will admit that we have been 
slowed up, but not defeated, and a little late 
in reporting progress. But you know the in- 
fluenza outflew our pains. We are in the har- 
ness again and have some good news. We 
had hoped to have our new church ready for 
dedication last fall, but are just now ready to 
announce that event. The Lord willing, we 
will dedicate on Sunday, February Kith, with 
Brother G. W. Eench, D.D., in charge. We 
will send full report after the dedication. 
Also, look out for the ' ' cut ' ' of the little 
church on the corner. 

We have sent out some personal invitations, 
but we wish to invite any who may find it 
possible to come and spend the day with us. 
There will be an all-day service. At the noon 
hour we will have a basket dinner. If you 
cannot come, please pray for us any way, 
that the Lord may touch our hearts with his 
giving grace. We must raise about $1600 
that day. 

Now, just a word on the Four Year Pro- 
gram. We know we are not very long on 
this, but we have made good progress. We 
expect to go over the top in goal 9 in about 
four weeks. Brother Homer Seibert, who has 
heard the Master's call and is now at Ash- 
land College, preparing for the ministry 
(Brother Beachler take notice) takes us over 
the top in goal 6. Some goals we have lost 
up to the present, but we are hoping to re- 
port better progress on the goals later. 

We have met with disappointments but we 
feel that God has a great purpose in it all. 
So we are yet willing to trust Jesus as our 
good Leader. Pray for us at Teegarden that 
we may be ever found at our post of duty. 

J. W. CLARK, 
1711 S. Michigan St. South Bend, Indiana. 



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EOANOKE, VIEGINIA 

Our silence here docs not mean that we 
are dead, neither asleep, nor gone on a jour- 
ney. We have had an unusual amount of 
work to do, but there has not been much to 
say. We have suffered two closedowns, on 
the account of the influenza epidemic; I sup- 
pose we have suffered about as all others 
have. So far wo have not lost a member by 
the epidemic. During the closedowns we tried 
to keep in touch with our people and help 
what we could both spiritually and physically, 
making good use of the Ford in the task. 

Personally I have been able to go every day 
and for all this we thank the Lord and take 
courage. Brethren, I think we should receive 
this experience in calmness, and at least as 
a reminder of our obligations to the King- 
dom of Christ. 

It is no time to be a "slacker" in the 
work of the church. It is a time that is call- 
ing loudly for Christian devotion. We have 
gained a few of the goals of the Four Year 
Program, but most of them we have had to 
mark ' ' Progress. ' ' If the Lord 's will we will 
gain others by July 31st. All departments 
of our work are moving up toward normal 
in a way that is encouraging. S. M. Coffey, 
our Sunday school superintendent, has all 
the work of the church on his heart and is 
doing good work. Since our last report we 
have graduated four from the first Standard 
Teacher Training course. They are as fol- 
lows: Mrs. F. L. Brumbaugh, Mrs. M. L. Ald- 
ridge, Miss Nora Cumbie, Gerald Wood. The 
last named is only 14 years old (he is more 
apt than his father). We also have one who 
is a graduate of the Advanced course, Mrs. 
Wood. Best of all we have arranged to main- 
tain a Teacher Training class as a permanent 
part of our Bible school. Mrs. F. L. Brum- 
baugh is the president of the S. S. C. E. She 
and her faithful helpers are launching out to 
greater things. Their last meeting was the 
best held for more than a year. H. H. Row- 
■sey is the efficient president of our Y. P. S. 
C. E. and is doing good work. He is a grad- 
uate of the Christian Endeavor Expert course 
and, at the State convention held here last 
summer, was elected State Superintendent of 
the Life Work Department. We also now 
have a class ready to take the examination 
in the C. E. E. course. Brethren, I believe 
the only way to real, permanent, success in 
our church work is by trained leadenship. This 
applies to the entire brotherhood. With just 
pride we look to Ashland for the splendid 
training which she gives. Every local con- 
gregation also has responsibility and should 
take an inventory of their resources and see 
what can be accomplished in this line. Train- 
ing to some seems too slow, but when we con- 
sider that Moses was 80 years in training for 
40 years' work, we conclude that it is worth 
while to take time. Training is not a hind- 
rance to the work of the Holy Spirit, as some 
would have us believe, but it is the divinely 
given means of opening up new and larger 
channels for his operation. We are glad that 
our denomination is proving its faith in the 
supreme importance of trained leadership by a 
hearty response to Broiher Beaclilers' appeals. 
This is the most hopeful omen for the future 
of the church. TJie Four Year Program is re- 



vealing ourselves to ourselves and resounding 
the twentieth century echo of the crucified 
and risen Savior, and a call to every member 
to practical Christian service. What are we 
going to do about it? "^Now then do it." 
Eemember Eoanoke when you pray. 

L. G. WOOD. 



COLUMBUS, OHIO 

Our three weeks' revival service closed on 
January lyth with Zij confessions, i'ive of 
thene were reclaimed, four came by letter 
and eight have aireaay been baptized. This 
campaign was conducted by Kev. A. E. 
Thomas and was very successful. Our own 
people and the visitors were very well 
pleased with the evangelist and-his messages. 
As for myself, I must say that cousidering 
the war and " flu " scare the results were 
better than expected. The attenaance dur- 
ing our meetings was good and steadily in- 
creasing. And the attendance might have 
been still better had not my wife 's illness 
prevented the daily house to house canvass. 
Her illness also handicapped our music and 
singing to a large extent, for Mrs. Christian- 
sen has been our mainstay in these lines. 
She is still bedfast and that makes my work 
more difficult. Furthermore during the first 
days of our revival, Brother Home fell and 
dislocated his ankle. This added another 
triffle to our work of caring for the condi- 
tion of the church. 

One night the people were nearly smoked 
out or frozen out, but the next night I turned 
the tables and made them all, the evangelist 
included, sweat out the chills they had re- 
ceived the night before. From this roasting 
they took courage to try again. After one 
week of firing the members graduated me and 
our dear Brother Lahman filled the place the 
last week. , 

You may be wondering about the other 
eight confessions by this time and I will tell 
you that three of these are young and their 
parents want them to wait till they are older. 
The last five do not understand why a little 
water is not as good as an ocean. This ob- 
stacle the pastor hopes to clear u^j before 
long. 

With confidence ^vc can say that with tlie 
help of the members here and the brethren 
who are helping to finance this work the way 
is clearing up for Brethrenism in this place. 
The influence of the church is spreading out 
in this end of the city through the park, 
street and shop meetings. We believe that 
a different report is expected next year, and 
we believe that by the mercies of God this 
will be possible. 

Brother Thomas helped us to open up two 
shop meetings a week. The )i;en enjoyed 
hearing him speak. We are keeping up the 
meetings and they are still growing in in- 
terest and attendance. 

Last Sunday six set themselves apart for 
larger service for the Lord. It does our heart 
good to see men and women who want to be 
out and out for the Lord. 

We of Columbus covet your prayers for a 
more intensive and extensive work hero. Let 
us co-operate more with God and with one 
another. 

S. E. CHRISTIANSEN, 

536 Third Avenue. 



GOSHEN, INDIANA 

Since the " flu " is letting loose its grip, 
at least to some extent, attendance at the 
church services is on the gain as is also the 
Sunday school attendance and interest. Dur- 
ing December and part of January the at- 
tendance was somewhat broken. Perhaps no 
one was responsible, but when we face such 
conditions in times of sickness and distress 
we should lean more heavily upon the Arm 
that is able to sustain us and remember that 
whether we live or die, we are the Lord's, if 
so be that we have accepted him and are 
obeying his commands. 

Brother James Coulter had been ill for a 
long time and it became necessary for the 
church to show her faith by her works, so our 
pastor announced that there would be a do- 
nation on last Wednesday evening at prayer 
meeting for Brother and Sister Coulter, "iou 
should have seen the amount of useful ar- 
ticles that were presented: flour, meal, meats, 
vegetables and canned fruits, and a liaudsome 
collection of about $20.00 in cash. We vis- 
ited the Coulter home the next day. Brother 
Coulter was very sick, yet they were so very 
grateful for what had been done. This fam- 
ilj' just at this time of sorrow needs our sym- 
pathy as their little grandson of seven sum- 
mers passed beyond. The funeral was con- 
ducted by our pastor on Monday of this week. 
When the sick grandfather was told of the 
death of his little grandson he realized that 
he soon would follow and remarked that he 
would not have to lie out in that cold ceme- 
tery alone. He too passed away, his funeral 
will take place at the Brethren church tomor- 
row. It certainly is sad. Sister Coulter 
should be remembered in our prayers. 

in reading the Evangelist letters we are 
reminded of so many sad homes all over our 
brotherhood. 

On last Wednesday night after prayer 
meeting five were baptized who had previous- 
ly made the good confession and on last Sun- 
day at the evening service they were received 
into the church. Two more accepted Christ. 
These have all been young married people save 
two, a boy and girl. They have bright pros- 
pects of a useful life if they keep in his 
footsteps. They are members of our Sunday 
school class. We hope we may be able to do 
them good and they us as well. Some have 
been wondering why we do not write more for 
the Evangelist since we were elected corre- 
sponding secretary. We did not think this 
would excuse the pastor or any one else from 
writing an ocoational letter and would be only 
too glad to have them do so. The following 
is a clipping from the Goshen (daily) News- 
Times: 

"Last evening fifty-seven kiddies and 
youths of the Junior and Intermediate Chris- 
tion Endeavor societies gathered at the First 
Brethren church, Clinton and Second streets, 
and with their matron, Mrs. Hess, their di- 
rector, Mr. Gill, the pastor and Mr. Culp, 
marched to Henry's restaurant where they 
were served a treat by the pastor. ' ' 

We can very well understand why it is 
necessary to have an undertaker assist in a 
funeral procession, but we cannot quite under- 
stand why it was necessary to have an under- 



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taker help march that jolly bunch to the res- 
taurant. 

Unless it is because Gulp has proven him- 
self a very liberal man. 

M. E. HOENEK. 



Winchester, Ky., Feb. 10, 1919. 
Editor of the Brethren Evangelist, 
Ashland, Ohio. 
Dear Brother: 

I promised on leaving Conference that 1 
would do my bit in sending in some articles 
for publication. I have traveled quite a lot 
since Conference and I find that the religion 
of this country is at a very low ebb. I have 
heard eight sermons since Conference, heard 
Brother Drushal preach four times at Eiver- 
side Institute, Brother Lyra preach three ser- 
mons at Mount Tabor church on Miller's 
Creek in Estie County, and Brother Wm. 
Strong, from "Winchester, preach one sermon 
at Elbethel church in Clark county, Kentucky. 

I have heard it said and repeated time and 
again that the war would bring the people 
closer to God, but instead it has brought the 
people closer to the dollar. 

Before the war ended and while our boys 
were being sent over to fight for our free- 
dom, we could see the mothers in churches 
and places of worship with sad faces, and 
could hear them in prayer asking God to spare 
and bring back their sons. Now since God 
has answered prayer and brought the most 
of our boys back and given us a world vic- 
tory for democracy, we can see the mothers of 
some of these boys as well as sisters going 
to places of entertainment, such as the dance, 
the theater, the movies and other places 
where Jesus would not go. They have for- 
gotten their promises. 

I am wondering where we will see them 
going when the " flu " epidemic subsides. 

I want to thank God for keeping me sweet 
through these fearful times. 
I am yours in Christ, 

WM. TIPTON. 



FREMONT, OHIO 

Some improvements are noticeable in our 
work at this place since the influenza epi- 
demic has subsided. Our attendance at pub- 
lic ser-\T.ces is increasing gradually and the 
interest seems hietter. We have suffered 
much during the past year from both war and 
pestilence. Our work was badly disorganized 
and we were compelled to discontinue some 
activities. However, the most of the faithful 
are still at their posts and manifest a deter- 
mination to go forward with the work. 

Our Sunday school has accepted the chal- 
lenge of the Waterloo Sunday school. We 
seemed unable to sufifciently overcome the in- 
fiaences of the epidemic to get properly start- 
ed in the beginning of the race, but we are 
running just the same and hope to finish with 
credit. 

We are now planning for our revival meet- 
ings, which we hope to begin February 16. 
Thr meetings will be conducted by the pastor. 
We are praying for an outpouring of the Holy 
Spirit and a reviving of the strength and life 
of the church. We solicit the prayers of the 
brotherhood. 

H. M. OBEJtHOLTZEE. 



MASONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

In the last communication from this place, 
1 reported that we were on the eve of be- 
ginning a revival campaign under the lead- 
ership of Brother H. L. Goughnour. He came 
as per schedule, the services were begun on 
January 12 and continued for a period of 
three weeks, during which the congregations 
were favored with sermons of an exceptionally 
high order. It was my first privilege to work 
with Brother Goughnour, though I have known 
and loved him for a good many years. This 
was the. fifth such campaign which he has 
led in this congregation and all have been 
highly successful. He was thus not a stran- 
ger to the older members of the church, who 
with their pastor were delighted for the op- 
portunity of having him here again. We 
faced the usual handicaps, which come to a 
meeting held at this time of year, and the 
unusual one of a new outbreak of the " flu " 
as we entered the second week of the cam- 
paign. Masontown has been among the fav- 
ored places during the earlier outbreak, but 
this time, it spread rapidly, until within a 
week, there were over a hundred cases in the 
town and our own families were hit excep- 
tionally hard. We hesitated about going on 
into the third week, but finally decided to 
do -so, though we had a much diminished audi- 
ence. In spite of all the difficulties, the meet- 
ing was a success, for there were ten confes- 
sions and two re-conscrations, and two more 
since the meeting closed. Brother Goughnour 
acquitted himself splendidly and loft with the 
blessings of an appreciative people following 
him. The congregation was much helped, sin- 
ners were led to confess their Savior, God and 
his Word was honored and glorified. 

MARTIN SHIVELY. 



COLLEGE NOTES 

The students of the Theological department 
are contemplating launching a missionary 
movement on a large scale, some time in the 
near future. 

The first number of the Purple and Gold 
came out last week, in a new form and dress. 
There will be six issues published this school 
year. 

Dr. Jacobs has invented a clock and placed 
it in working order, which does the bell ring- 
ing for the class periods. It is sure some 
clock. 

The new semester has started off well, the 
routine of work is back to normal and the 
atmosphere seems more like the real Ashland 
College of the past. 

Dr. Miller made an over-Sunday trip to 
Gretna, Ohio, in Brother Boardman's place 
recently. 

The two Literary societies combined and 
gave a .splendid play recently. Some splen- 
did talent was exhibited. 

The Freshmen-Junior and Sophomore-Senior 
girls played a game of basket ball in the 
"gym" recently. We are not going to t. 
which side was ahead. 

W. E. Deeter is in Oakville, Indiana, en- 
gaged in a meeting. There is a simultaneous 



revival campaign on in the whole county at 
every church. 

Mr. Beachler's smiling countenance was 
seen around the College several days recently. 
He spoke one morning at chapel and at our 
session of the Y. M. C. A. 

He is now out in K- ■ aorado rounding up 
college interests amonj, ae Brethren. 

Brother Boardman was in Dayton, Ohio, 
Sunday, the 9th, on Christian Endeavor work. 
W. E. DEETEE. 



EVANGELIST HONOR EOLL 

The following churches having met the re- 
quirements laid down by the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company regarding the placing of the 
Evangelist in the homes of the congregations 
are entitled to a place on the Evangelist Hon- 
or Roll: 

Church Pastor 

Akron, Ind., (New Highland), D. A. C. Teeter 
AUentown, Pa., 2nd Yr., .... A. L. DcLozier 
Ankenytown, Ohio, 2nd Yr., .... A. L. Lynn 

Ashland, Ohio, 2nd Yr., J. A. Garber 

Beaver City, Neb., Vacant 

Berlin, Penna., I. B. Trout 

Berne, Indiana, 2nd Yr., W. F. Johnson 

Bryan, Ohio, G. L. Maus 

Burlington, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Carleton, Nebr., 2nd Yr., J. D. Kemper 

Clay City, Indiana, Geo. W. Kinzie 

College Corner, Ind., 2nd Yr., Homer Anderson 

Conemaugh, Pa., 2nd Yr., L. G. Smith 

Dallas Center, Iowa, R. F. Porte 

Denver, Indiana, L. A. Myers 

Dutehtown, Indiana, Homer Anderson 

Elkhart, Indiana H. H. Wolford 

Fairhavcn, Ohio, 2nd Yr., B. F. Oucn 

Falls City, Nebraska, H. F. Stuckman 

Fillmore, Calif., Sylvester Lowuian 

Flora, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Ft. Scott, Kansas, Mrs. L. C. Webb 

Fostoria, Ohio, M. S. White 

Fremont, Ohio, H. SL Oberholtzer 

Gretna, Ohio, 2nd Yr., ... Edwin Boardman 

Hamlin, Kansas, 2nd Yr., Geo. E. Cone 

Huntington, Indiana, J. W. Brower 

Johnstown, Pa., 1st Ch., J. F. Watson 

Johnstown, Pa., ilrd Ch., Geo. H. Jones 

Lanark, 111., 2nd Yr., B. T. Burnworth 

La Verne, Calif., 2nd Yr., T. H. Broad 

Leon, Iowa, Geo. T. liouk 

Linwood, Maryland, 2nd Yr., .. E. M. Riddle 
Long Beach, Cal., 2nd Yr., .... L. S. Bauuiau 

Loree, Indiana, W. T. Lytle 

Los Angeles, Cal., 1st., 2 Yr., N. W. Jennings 

Louisville, Ohio, 2nd ir., Geo. S. Baei 

Meyorsdale, Pa., 2nd Yr., . . E. D. Burnworth 

Mexico, Indiana, 2nd Yr., L, W. Ditch 

Milledgeville, 111., 2nd Yr., .. M. J. Snyder 

Morrill, Kansas, 2nd Yr., A. E. Whitted 

Muncie, Indiana, 2nd Yr., J. L. Kimmel 

Nappanee, Ind., 2nd Yr., C. E. Kolb 

New Enterprise, Pa., Edward Byers 

New Lebanon, Ohio, L. B .Wilkins 

New Paris, Indiana, Ora I. Oxley 

North English, Iowa, W. H. Miller 

North Liberty, Indiana, C. C. Grisso 

Oakville, Indiana, A. 11. Staley 

Pittsburgh, Pa., H. M. Harley 

Portis, Kansas, Roy Brumbaugh 

Roann, Indiana, W. E. Konk 

Salisbury, Penna., E. D. Burnworth 

Sidney, Indiana, 2nd Yr., L. A. Myers 

Summit Mills, IPenna., ... E. D. Burnworth 

Sunnyside, Wash., Chas. H. Ashman 

Telford, Tennessee, (Vacant) 

Tiosa, Indiana, Ora I. Oxley 

Washington C. H., 0., 2nd Yr., B. S. Stoffer 
Waterloo, Iowa, 2nd Yr., ... H. L. Goughnour 

Whittier, Calif., A. V. Kimmel 

Yellow Creek, Pa., Edward Byers 



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SPECIAL NOTICE 

By the merciful kindness of a dear heaven- 
ly Father another year has passed and an- 
other opportunity to serve by giving is ap- 
proaching. Easter Sunday, April 20th, is the 
time for the annual offering for foreign mis- 
sions. This call is issued thus early that all 
pastors, churches, auxiliary societies and mem- 
bers may prepare to make the offering of the 
Lord worthy of his gracious acceptance. Re- 
member the time: Easter Sunday, April 20th. 
This day belongs to the Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society and all else should give 
•way to it. Work and pray for the greatest 
offering in our history. 

For the Foreign Missionary Society, by, 

J. ALLEN MILLER, President. 

ALVA J. McCLAIN, Secretary. 

L. S. BAUMAN, Treasurer. 



IN THE SHADOW 



SHANE — Myrtle ICuns, the only daughter 
of Brother and Sister Amos Kuns, of the 
First Brethren church at Flora, died of in- 
fluenza-pneumonia, at her home just west of 
Bringhurst, at the early age of 22 years and 
one month, on January 20th. Just throe 
years ago on the very day of her death, Jan- 
uar3' 20th, 1916, the writer united in marriage 
Myrtle Kuns, and Ellis B. Shane, to which 
union was born a little son, Ernest, now two 
years old. Besides the husband, son and par- 
ents, Myrtle leaves to mourn her departure 
two brothers and a host of friends which 
are heartbroken. Sister Myrtle was a Chris- 
tian from her youth as she united with the 
Brethren church at Cerro Gordo, Illinois, and 
when her parents some years ago moved to 
their present home she placed her letter wtih 
the First Brethren church at Flora, where she 
remained a true and devoted member, being 
of a very sweet and pleasant disposition, hav- 
ing a smile on her face and joy in her heart. 
When being informed she could not possibly 
live, she turned with that simple childlike 
faith and said to her father, (who informed 
her), saying — "Papa, stay with me to the 
end." The funeral was held at the home 
by the writer, assisted by Brother S. G. Hen- 
derson. May God bind in love these broken 
hearts to the full assurance that where Myr- 
tle is, in that place prepared, they too can 
be. W. T. LYTLE. 

ULEICH— Mrs. Pearl Bilheimer, wife of 
Charles E. Ulrich, departed this life at Ash- 
land, Ohio, January, 22, 1919, in hor forty- 
fifth year. She was a member of the local 
church, having given her all to the Savior 
when a girl. Her departure is mourned by the 
husband, a son, the father and other rela- 
tives. Funeral from the home by the under- 
signed, assisted by Bev. Bickel of the Evan- 
gelical church. J. A. GARBER. 

LEATHERM AN— Joseph B., departed Jan- 
uary 24th at Roanoke, Virginia. He had been 
sick but a few days when he was called. 
Death was due to pneumonia. The circum- 
stances were very sad for he was absent from 
his home when stricken and death came very 
suddenly. Brother Leatherman was a mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church of Philadelphia 
and a son-in-law of Brother H. C. Cassel. 
Those who shall feel most keenly the loss are 
his wife and little son. Let Christians pray 
for them. It is hard to understand why, but — 

Since his the sway of circumstance 
We shall not wince nor cry aloud, 

Under that rule that men call chance 
Our heads with joy, are humbly bowed. 

Funeral services wore held in this city on 
January 2Sth conducted by his pastor. 

ALVA J. McCLAIN. 



TLOKA — Jonathan Flora was born Septem- 
ber 14_ 1837, and died at Eaton, Ohio, De- 
cember 14, 191S, aged 81 years and three 
months. He was married May 27, 1866, to 
Eva S. Dillman, to which union was born 
one child, Laura May Copp. • He united with 
the Brethren church at West Alexandria, at 
the time of its organization, in 1882,' and re- 
mained faithful until death. 

C. E. BEEKLEY. 



Business Manager's Corner 

A LAND SLIDE 

That is what they called it when the state 
legislatures upon their assembling in January 
began to fall over one another in an effort 
to make their state the thirty-sixth state to 
ratify the federal prohibition amendment to 
the constitution, and it seems the honor fell 
to Nebraska. Nebraska was a little slow 
about getting into the dry column for itself 
after having had such a good dry neighbor 
as Kansas for so many years, but it came 
over with a rush when it did come. 

During the last week there has been almost 
a landslide among our churches in their en- 
deavors to win a place on the Evangelist 
Honor Roll, and we are glad to report that 
five churches won such honors during this 
one week. These churches are Leon, Iowa, 
with Geo. T. Ronk as pastor. This is one of 
the new organizations in the brotherhood and 
it has had its struggles, but a splendid list 
of subscribers was sent in by Brother Ronk, 
a list that should put some of our older and 
more firmly established churches to shame. 
In fact some seem to show the symptoms of 
the old Baptist deacon who always testified 
in prayer meeting that he "was established," 
and the next day after such a testimony he 
was hauling a load of wood from his timber 
lot when at a critical place in the lane one 
of his mules balked. The deacon began whip- 
ping the mule and using language that he. 
had not used the previous evening, at the 
prayer meeting, when his little boy spoke up 
and said. ' ' I wouldn ' lick him, dad, I think 
he's just established." "Nuff said." Par- 
don this digression, but ' ' out of the abund- 
ance of the heart the mouth speaketh. " 

Next came two churches from Pennsyl- 
vania, New Enterprise and Yellow Creek, 
Avith Edward Byers as pastor, and splendid 
lists were sent in from these heretofore un- 
cultivated fields. Brother Byers' mother is 
a first cousin of the Business Manager and 
we are glad to acknowledge the relation.ship. 
Then one of the hapijiest surprises of all was 
the splendid list that came from Telford Ten- 
nessee, a church, or more correctly a mission, 
without a pastor, but we will guarantee that 
there are brethren there, or perhaps to be 
more accurate, sisters whose hearts are in 
the right place, and pastor or no pastor, they 
do not propose to be one whit behind the old- 
er and better cared for churches. And final- 
ly came old Pittsburgh, Pa. Brother Harley 
had been working on this proposition for 
nearly two years, and much patience and per- 
sistence were required, but he won out as 
other pastors can win out, 

Through some error that can not now be 
located the Huntington, Indiana, church, 
though mentioned as winning a place on the 



Honor Roll some weeks ago, failed to receive 
its place on the Roll. We beg their pardon 
and assure the Huntington brethren and sis- 
ters that we appreciate what they have done 
and we are glad their pastor, J. W. Brower, 
called our attention to the omission. If any 
other church has been overlooked we ask to 
be reminded of it. 

Then Homer Anderson, the walking pastor 
of Indiana, came along with the College Cor- 
ner church seeking admission to the Roll for 
a second year with a greatly increased list of 
subscriptians; and Nappanee sent in a goodly 
check and said, ' ' Continue our list as it is 
until we get the revised list sent in." 
Thanks, Brother Wisler, we have known you 
for many years and have broken bread with 
you many times, so we know with such back- 
ing as you and others of your kind, the 
Evangelist is safe for years to come at good 
old Nappanee. And then, to put the finish- 
ing touch to the. week's good results, the sec- 
retary-treasurer of the first church in the 
brotherhood to take action through its offi- 
cial board to place the cost of the Evangelist 
in its annual budget nearly two years ago 
wrote and said, please let me know when our 
second year is up for the Evangelist Budget. 
This means the THIRD YEAR is coming to 
this church and that it has found the plan 
good. All honor to Washington C. H., Ohio. 
How the List Grows 

This week we printed four thousand seven 
hundred copies of the Evangelist, and I can 
name four Brethren churches that could bring 
the number up to FIVE THOUSAND in three 
weeks' time, if they only would catch the 
vision. But do not be alarmed; we will give 
you credit for tiying and will not name you 
out in meeting. But our present motto is, 
"By July fust, live thousand or bust." Which 
shall it be? If you want to see me turn 
"Shouting Methodist'.' for a spell just help 
me to be able to report five thousand bona- 
fidc subscribers to the Evangelist . when I 
make my next annual report. A member of 
the Publication Board wrote me this week: 
' ' I was skeptical of your plan when it was 
proposed, but I am ready to acknowledge that 
I was wrong. It does work and if I remain 
here this will be the last year my church will 
be on the outside." O, come on in Breth- 
ren; the going is good and you will want to 
be on the baud wagon when the goal is won 
and the shouts of victory are heard in the 
land. 

That Annual 

Yes, it is off the press and is now being 
bound. We expect to send a number to all the 
pastors that have ordered Annuals in other 
yi'ars, and we expect you to help YOUR pub- 
lishing House out of an unfortunate, but un- 
a\oidable, situation by disposing of these one 
hundred and twelve page Conference Be- 
port and Church Year Books at twenty-five 
cents each and to send us twenty cents for 
each one sold. If any pastor has been missed 
drop us a card and a supply will be sent at 
once. 

The IMPORTANT part of the booklet is 
the Conference Addresses and Proceedings, so 
if two months of the Almanac have passed 
by, that should count for little to true Breth- 
ren. Order now. 



Volume XLI 
Number 9 



February 26 
1919 




One-Is -YOUR-i^ASTER-AND-All-YE-ARE-MlTRREN- 






Can You Hear the Million's From the 

Darkened Heart of Africa 

Calling for the Light? 

JESUS SAID "GO YE THEREFORE." 

Easter Will^Have No Message for 

Those Who Are Deaf to the 

Master's Command. 




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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Will We Permit a Loosening Up of Morals? — Editor, 2 

Editorial Eeview, 3 

Doctrinal Preaching and the Program — W. S. Bell, D.D., i 

Hear! Hear!— Chas. A. Bame, D.D., 4 

The Claims of the Weak Upon the Strong: Today— Prof. I. ,E. 

Senseman, 5 

Are the Home Pires Burning — H. E. Eppley, (3 

Financing the Kingdoni — E. L. Miller, 7 

The Sin Against the Holy Spirit— A. T. Wirick, S 



Let 's Have a Report — H. L. Goughnour, 10 

Enthusiastic Endeavor E.xperts — Prof. J. A. Garber, 11 

Nappanee 's Big Day — C. E. Kolb, 11 

Home Alission Notes — G. C. Carpenter, 12 

Letter from a Young American Missionary — Eleanor Yoder, 12 

News from the Field, 12-15 

The Tie That Binds, 15 

In the Shadow, 15 

Business Manager 's Corner, 16 



EDITORIAL 



Will We Permit a Loosening Up in Morals 



Omens of ill in morals are all too frequently in evidence of late. 
The conscientious observer cannot but have been impressed with cer- 
tain events, conditions and efforts that have been showing them- 
selves during the last few months indicating a tendency toward loos- 
ening up in the moral situation. It may be only a brief reaction 
from the intense seriousness and strain of war times. It may be due 
to a temporary relaxation of vigilance on the part of agencies en- 
trusted with the guarding of public morals. And it may be due to a 
planned offensive on the part of the forces of evil. Or perhaps, and 
more likely, the tendency toward unrestricted liberty of un"n'orthy 
and vicious persons, movements and indulgences is due to all three 
of these factors. 

But whatever the causes contributing to such' a tendency and 
whether it is only a temporary display or the result of a deeply laid 
plan, any effort at a revival of evil deserves immediate repulse. Even 
a brief escapade of the forces of evil is too serious to be allowed 
to go unchallenged. Nor is it. For reports have already reached 
our ears that the watchmen of Israel are sounding the alarm. And 
clearly and strongly may they blow their trumpets. They be not 
true watchmen who fail to warn the people of approaching danger. 

There is a tendency manifected in some quarters to give free 
rein to unwholesome and vicious pleasures. Certain playhouses and 
movies that have formerly maintained a fairly decent censorship 
have recently been offering to the eyes of the pleasure-loving public 
feasts of lustful and vicious scenes. There was displayed before a 
certain movie theater large poster pictures of an actress almost com- 
pletely nude, and in large letters it was declared that the actress 
was the famous ' ' She-Devil. ' ' That her character was true to her 
name no one will doubt, and it is needless to say that scores of men 
and even women, as well as, and worst of all, boys and girls paused 
to look and to drink in various suggestions. It was reported that 
the movie was well patronized. But the vicious influence of the pic- 
tures on the sidewalk was about equally great to that of the pic- 
tures thrown on the screen inside. Boy.=i who doubtless had no nickle 
to spend stood gazing at the various pictures and making unclean 
remarks. And some frivolous girls seemed to display more gayety 
and carelessness of person after those pictures had been in the town 
a few days. But those entrusted with the welfare of their fellow- 
citizens seemed not to see and nothing was done to rid the town of 
the silent vice save a single protest of one of the more courageous 
ministers of the town. The attitude of some of the church people 
seemed to be one of tacit approval and secret enjoyment. 

The dancing craze seems to have taken hold of an unusually largo 
number just now, and among such are not a few church people. A 



dance hall was recently crowded and noisy with the dance until far 
into the morning, while members of a Sunday school orchestra fur- 
nished music for the heated, whirling, passionate crowd. It w-as 
only one of a series of dances to be staged to revive what was called 
by the instigators as a refining, recreational art. Not only so, but 
many "patriotic dances" in honor of returning soldiers have been 
and are being scheduled. It is becoming the popular thing among 
church people and non-Christians alike. And it is the same old 
dance with all its passions and seducing tendencies. 

The card game is increasing in popularity in many sections. In 
one community a group of ladies have popularized card playing as it 
has not been for years by their frequent card parties and write-ups 
in the "Society Column" of the daily paper. The most expert play- 
er is always announced and the "prize" she carried away. It is 
needless to say that gambling is on the increase among the men in 
that community, and especially among the young men. It is the old, 
old story — sow a card table in the parlor, reap a gambler in the home. 
It was one who knew all the tricks of the trade who said ' ' The par- 
lor card-table is the kindergarten of the gambler 's hell. ' ' 

There is a growing depreciation in some quarters of purity of 
speech and modesty of dress. Especially are such tendencies noticed 
among young people. It is surprising to note the undue familiarity 
of conduct and speech indulged in on every hand. Language that is 
coarse and frequently ill-suggestive is more widespread than many 
of us have imagined among girls as well as boys. It is so popular 
for young men to show more or less coarseness that it is difficult to 
find one who is pure in word and deed. And equally popular is it for 
young ladies to follow the many immodest fashions so that it is hard 
to find one decently gowned. The more ridiculous and suggestive 
Dame Fashion can make the fairer sex the more slavishly do they 
follow her decrees. Ill-suggestive remarks on the part of young men 
and embarrassingly gowned young ladies go together; both prepare 
the way for an easy break down in morals when the temptation 
comes. 

The most popular vicious habit among men today doubtless is 
the cigarette habit. It has been alarmingty on the increase of late. 
One of the saddest results of the world war from a moral stand- 
point is the damning influence which will be felt for generations 
from the widespread use of the poisonous cigarette. Science has not 
changed its verdict as to the character of this instrument of the 
devil. Only a great corporation such as the American Tobacco Trust 
could have launched such a mighty propaganda that our knowledge 
received from carefully calculated science and much regrettable ex- 
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It was done in the name of patriotism, but it" was a commercializd 
patriotism. Pity for the boys ' ' over there ' ' was claimed to be the 
thing that inspired the move to supply tliem with cigarettes, but in- 
stead the inspiration was the tobacco kings' greed for gold. God 
have mercy upon all good-intentioned people who with true patriotic 
spirit unwittingly permitted themselves to be made the tools in the 
hands of men who were traitors to our soldier boys' health. 

These are only examples of popular evils that are experiencing, 
some a wide increase and some a local, but they are sufficient to 
warn us to be on our guard and never to slacken our vigilance. I 
have more faith in God and man to believe that the evil will Unally 
get the upper hand. But even a temporaiy reverse is too disastrous 
to be sustained when it is possible to prevent it. As we love souls 
whose God-like possibilities are blighted by sin and as we sincerely 
work and pray for Christ's growing kingdom let us seek to banish 
every foe. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Easter Sunday is Foreign Mission Day 

In spite of Brother I. D. Bowman's sad experiences during re- 
cent months he is able to stand strong in his faith in God. He re- 
ports one accession to his church. 

It has been a long time since Brother Spacht favored us with a 
letter and we are very glad to hear from him in this mail. He has 
been busy though silent. 

Our dear Brother Forney writes for the Beaver City eongrega- 
tion informing us concerning the condition of the work there and 
stating that they are in need of a new pastor. 

We have a letter this week from a new correspondent in Wash- 
ington, reporting the good work being done there. Brother Lyon and 
his faithful workers are forging steadily ahead. 

Brother Carpenter is an expert on making a "new find." This 
week he tells of discovering a church with an oil well. The oil well 
was a good find for that church. Would it have been for yours? 

Don't forget that report that Brother Goughnour is calling for. 
Every Sunday school should report the progress made and do it 
promptly. It will cause you to work all the harder the next two 
months. Bead his call on the Sunday school page. 

Hamlin, Kansas, is heard from, by the pen of the pastor. Broth- 
er George Cone. He and his good people are loyal to all the inter- 
ests of the church. We are glad for j'our good letter, Brother Cone; 
write oftener. 

Let us get ready for the largest offering yet for the support and 
advancement of our foreign missions. Remember about the Foreign 
Missionary number of the Evangelist the first issue in April. Some- 
thing good coming. 

More Sunday schools and individuals are interested in a bright- 
er Evangelist and we are glad to report three schools, Louisville, 
Ohio; Warsaw, Indiana; and Goshen, Indiana, and one individual 
Mrs. Laura Hedrick, whose offerings will make possible at least one 
beautiful picture each on first page. 

Brother J. A. Garber keeps things doing at the Ashland church 
and keeps everybody doing around him. He and his loyal co-work- 
ers had a Fathers and Sons' banquet in connection with the obser- 
vance of Fathers and Sons' week. The report reprinted from the 
Ashland daily will tell you about it. 

Brother Harley and his co-workers are up and doing in Pitts- 
burgh. We have received a "Door-Knob Knocker" and a circular 
letter, the former a neat cardboard which was hung by means of a 
string on every door-knob in the vicinity and the latter a letter 
mailed to every member of his church. These were to advertise 
and prepare for an evangelistic campaign which is now under way. 
These meetings are under the direction of Evangelists Compton and 
Cramer. We are hoping to hear of a season of great refreshing for 
the Pittsburgh church. And say, did you notice that these people 
have gained a place on the Evangelist Honor EoU? This is a great 
victory for Pittsburgh. 



If any churches have for any reason failed to take an offering for 
the Superannuated Minister's Fund, it is time enough yet to do it. 
Every pastor received an urgent appeal from General Secretary 
O'Neill and it is not likely that any pastor will purposely pass by 
this call unheeded, and may there be no congregation which will re- 
fuse to co-operate to the extent of ten cents per member. Send money 
to Herman Eoscoe, Goshen, Indiana. 

Congregations as well as individuals sometimes outdo themselves. 
That is just what the Homerville church seems to be doing. They 
are getting set for the race for progress under the wise, enthusiastic 
leadership of Brother Fred Vanator, and are likely to have some 
surprises for us in a future report. 

We are glad to give a wider reading to the letter by Miss Elean- 
or Yoder, one of our junior missionaries to South America. Some 
of you may have read it in the Brethren Missionary, but there are 
thousands of Evangelist readers who do not get the Missionary and 
it is for them that we publish it. 

We get another touch of the Homer Anderson enthusiasm this 
week in our "News" department. If College Corner and Dutchtown 
don't get fired up with such a pastor thoy arc hopeless, But it seems 
they are responding nobly to the leadership of their energetic pastor. 
God bless him for his tirelessness. 

Printed annual church reports are coming to be quite popular. We 
have four at hand. All of them give the register of members and 
three give the amount each member pays into the church treasury 
for whatever purpose during the year. They are from Canton, Ohio; 
Gratis, Ohio; Long Beach, California; and Louisville, Ohio. 

The "thermometer" was crowded out last week when Brother 
Beachler's final report from Indiana was run. We are running it this 
week in order that you may see how high she pushed the mercury. 

It is up to $29,000. Indiana did well God bless her for her interest 

in Ashland College. We will now be looking for the next. 

We have a line bunch of Christian Endeavor Experts in thi.s 
issue. You will find them on the Christian Endeavor page and 
Brother Garber tells us about them. Brother C. E. Kolb was their 
efficient teacher. You will be interested in reading his report of 
"Nappanee's Big Day" which was a fitting climax to the prepara- 
tions for the evangelistic campaign conducted by Brother Bauman. 

Brother Porte, pastor of Dallas Center, Iowa, has a church with n 
lay leadership. It's a good congregation that is always willing to 
follow thti wise leadership of a pastor, but it is a better church that 
is able to lead out even though it has a good pastor. The "self- 
starter" they have causes them to start little surprise movements on 
their pastor occasionally. 

"Don't forget to read the Kentucky Mission report for Janu- 
ary; perhaps your offering is reported. If it is not you may want 
to know why and if you do know why maybe Brother Carpenter 
doesn't. It's everybody's work and everybody should help. And 
moreover, it is the most successful of any mission work launched by 
the Brethren church. We like to put our money where it succeeds. 

Brother Teeter always has some interesting news about the 
Evangelist campaign. And we both rejoice at the way the many 
churches over the brotherhood are co-operating with us in an effort 
to make the very best and most successful church paper posssible. 
We are anxious to get the Evangelist in every home of your church 
end also to got a report frequently from every church. A report 
on conditions in your church will interest your people as well as all 
others. Thank you for your co-operation. 

When a boy outgrows his clothes he must have new ones. So 
must a church have a new building when it gets too big for the old 
house. This was the case with the Lanark, Illinois church. They 
have built bigger and now they have a very commodious building, 
suited to every kind of church activity. We hope for the privilege 
of showing you its picture as it looks now. It was dedicated Sunday, 
February 23. The pastor. Brother B .T. Burnworth will enter imme- 
diately upon an evangelist campaign in his new church. At the 
close of that meeting he will be open to a call to hold a revival 
meeting for some other church. Write him immediately if you are in 
need of an evanglist. It is very kind of his church to be willing 
to loan Ms services to some sister congregation. 



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FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM PAGE 

]VO^V THETV DO IT II Samuel 3: IS 

Conducted by Charles A. Bame 



Doctrinal Preaching and the Program 



By Wm. S. Bell, D. D. 



Goal 3 asks for "The zealous heralding of our distinc- 
tive plea, principles and practices." 

This involves doctrinal preaching and makes it a neces- 
sity to reach this goal. 

Is the Day of Doctrinal Preaching Past? 

There arc those who tell us that the day of doctrinal 
preaching is past — that the doctrines of the deity of Christ, 
the new birth, the atonement, the resurrection, justification 
by faith, the return of Christ, are worn out dogmas. They 
tell us that the present age demands a social gospel pro- 
gram and a broad humanitarian spirit in order to meet the 
need of today. With this we do not agree. Man's nature 
has not changed. The sins of today are identical with those 
of ijast ages. They differ only as they appear in new garbs 
from time to time. If the great doctrines of the gospel have 
no place in this age, they never had in any other. 

The gospel deals with the sin question. This problem 
Christ settled for all time and he only has the solution, rfin 
effects all human conduct and relationship and this question 
settled rightly, settles all the problems of mans' relation- 
ship and conduct and makes possible a right social relation- 
ship. 

Why Preach Doctrine? 

There never was an age that needed more the message 
of Christ — the presentation of his person, his claims and his 
teachings. The gospel has not failed this age, but man has 
failed in applying it. The so-called "Modei-nism" of today 
is largely responsible for the lack of a positive and con- 
structive faith in our churches. 

Paul's instruction to Timothy is good for us preachers 
— "Take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine, continue 
in them, for in doing this, thou shalt both save thyself, and 
them that hear thee" (2 Tim. 4:16) : Again, "I charge thee 
therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall 
judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his king- 
dom; preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; 
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuff'ering and doctrine. 
For the time will come when they will not endure sound 
doctrine ; but after their owir lusts shall they heap to them- 
selves teachers, having itching ears" (2 Tim. 4:1-3). 

The doctrines of the gospel are the foundation of the 
Christian faith. Bethlehem's manger. Calvary's cross, the 
empty tomb and the Mount of Ascension are places God met 
with man. They kre the mountain peaks of the Christian's 
faith. 

The only argument the Brethren church has to justify 
a separate and distinct existence rests on doctrine. The 
only way she can hope to propogate her faith and preserve 
her identity is through further doctrinal preaching. 

What Doctrines Shall We Preach? 

We claim to be a whole gospel and a whole Bible 
church. In order to live up to our standard we are duty 
bound to preach all the doctrines of the gospel. Especially 
should we emphasize the doctrines that are given so much 
prominence by the New Testament writers: The atonement, 
how "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures" 
(1 Cor. 15:3) ; the resurrection, "now in Christ risen from 
the dead" (1 Cor. 15:20) ; justification, "being justified by 
faith, we have peace with God" (Rom. 5:1), and "there 
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are m 



Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1) ; the return of Christ, "Looking 
for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the 
great God and our Savior Jesus Christ," (Titus 2:13) ; the 
new birth, "Ye must be born again" (John 3:7) ; Bapitsm, 
"Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in 
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost" (Matt. 28:19); the washing of the saints' feet, "If 
ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them" (John 
13:17) ; anointing the sick with oil for healing, "the prayer 
of faith shall save the sick" (John 5:15). 

Space forbids naming other kindred doctrines. These 
named, so dear to the disciples, and treasured by the be- 
lievers of Christ in all ages, and the inspiration of oui' 
hymns of worship, are the bulwark of Christian faith and 
hope, and they deserve a zealous heralding by every Breth- 
ren minister. 

There are only four themes announced under "goal 
three" for this year, and we expect all of these will be used 
by the pastors; yet this alone is not sufficient to carry out 
the spirit of the goal, so we are sending this letter of sug- 
gestion on doctrinal pr caching. 

I wish every church would use the wonderful hymn 
entitled "One Day," written by that great man of God, J. 
Wilbur Chapman, who recently went to his reivard. This 
hymn contains more gospel than any hymn I ever saw. Fol- 
lowing are the Avords of the chorus: 

"Living, He loved me; dying He saved me; 
Buried, He carried my sins far away ; 
Rising, He justified freely forever : 
One day He's coming — glorious day!" 

W.S. BELL. 
Director of Goals, 1, 2, and 3. 

HEAR! HEAR! 

Here is a stirring message from the Moderator of the 
National Conference and Vice Chairman of the Four Year 
Program Committee which ought to command the attention 
of every preacher, teacher and official board of the frater- 
nity. I mention you because you are the custodians of the 
ui'easiires of God's Word. If you three classes are not con- 
cerned about this matter, God pity us. I hope -the day of 
doctrinal preaching is not past. Yet, I kno-w how easy it 
is to let this slip. The evangelist says, "I have no business 
with controversial topics. I am here to win souls and I 
must move along the line of least resistance, keep the 
people in good humor and address myself to salvation. The 
pastor must do the indoctrinating." The pastor thinks he 
will but with special daj-s of all kinds coming and with pop- 
ular Sunday nights, and what not, to keep him talking, the 
doctrinal will slip by A\ithout proper emphasis ; it has 
slipped away from its important place in the pulpit because 
— well just because, I suppose. Now to me, there is a great 
lot of truth in the arguments of this paper. Nothing will so 
help and interest in Bible study as to have a people who 
know the fundamentals of the faith as well as the argu- 
ments that support them. Let there be a revival in every 
church and pulpit — a revival of doctrinal preaching and 
there will be a revival of every work of the church. Hear! 
Hearl BAME. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



The Claims of the Weak Upon the Strong: Today 

Prof. I. R. Senseman 



We are told that the Spartans exposed the physically 
weak upon the Taygetian hillsides. Here exposed to the 
elements, they either succumbed, or as some say proved 
their fitness for the struggles of life, and returned to their 
friends. Some of the American Indians probably pi-aetised 
similar methods of eliminating the weak. Being neither pa- 
gan nor savage, but Christian, the very thought of such con- 
duct is to us reprehensible. In accepting the tenets of 
Christianity, we voluntarily and gladly accept the defense 
and support of the weak, not as a duty, but as a privilege 
and an opportunity for service. Thus, Christianized, mod- 
ern medicine does its utmost to save the fi'ailest body. En- 
lightened education attempts as best it can to find and fan 
every available ember of intelligence. The church, philan- 
thropy and reform movements work incessantly for moral 
and spiritual betterment. Yet, when a calamity snch as a 
World War breaks over us we are made aware how far 
short of success we have gotten in any of these fields of en- 
deavor. The operation of the selective draft showed ho-w 
sadly we had failed even to improve the physically weak. 

Why had we failed? Chiefly, I suppose, putting it in 
very general terms first, beeau.se we are all weak, lamenta- 
bly weak in comparison to the forces with which we must 
contend. If there is left on earth a single man who does not 
now thoroughly realize this fact he is probably no other 
than the weakling and egotist who precipitated the war. 
Even the Wilsons, Georges, Clemenceaux, with all their vir- 
ility of manhood, character, and statesmanship, are wrest- 
ling -with forces monstrously out of proportion to the 
strength of the individual man. The news reveals this fact 
every day. But being the least weak of the weak, we con- 
fidently trust in their strength, and must continue to do so 
until we have learned a kind of brotherhood and co-opera- 
tion by which the united strength of the many can be aplied 
to the prevention of such calamities, or to their remedy, if 
perchance they come. We are all now poignantly aware of 
human weakness, but no one can apreciate it so wall as 
these men who are called upon to face such tremendous 
forces. Thus in the light of recent events, we may well fore- 
go the use of the word strong and speak of the claims of 
the weak upon the less weak. It seems that what we, weak 
and less weak, need first is not a merely confessional atti- 
tude of weakness, but an abiding consciousness of weak- 
ness, coupled with firm determination to unite our forces in 
making the best of things as they are. It is only by a sen- 
sible recognition of our real strength, or weakness, that we 
can ever hope to apply it rationally to the task before us. 

As to the claims of the weak, we need listen neither 
long nor intently to hear them for they have become almost 
a universal clamor. It is not a call for alms, nor spiritual 
and intellectual help. It is most clearly a call for friend- 
ship, brotherhood and co-operation. It seems now that the 
Aveak had been surfeited by philanthropy, charity and re- 
form of certain type, that type which does not enlist the ac- 
tive interest and co-operation of the weak for whom it was 
intended. Our well intentioned philanthropy too often 
failed, because it was permeated with the mistaken medieval 
conception that good could be conferred upon others, or 
attained for them. Too often we have been willing to do 
anything, bflt to co-operate Avith the weak in a way essen- 
tial to the development of their powers. Thus in industries, 
wages have been raised, hotirs shortened, and working con- 
ditions improved, but the worker is still dissatisfied and will 
remain so until given the opportunity to attain his oaati hap- 
piness by mental and spiritual, as well as physical co-opera- 



tion in the Avork of production, LikcAvise, in ediication, 
many a boy has graduated or left school Avithout ever hav- 
ing completely volunteered his services for his OAvn educa- 
tion, A stereotyped learning, Avhicli at best can only func- 
tion moderately Avell Avas imposed upon him by Avell mean- 
ing teachers, but the real boy remained unborn. Many an 
earnest, hard Avorking pastor has no doubt been thoroughly 
discouraged and exasperated by a congregation that Avould 
not be lifted up, or Avould not stay lifted up. The chances 
are, they had taken little part in the process, and so, nat- 
urally, did not stay put. Our failure Avith the weak, comes 
a great deal more from bad methods than bad intentions. 
A modern thinker and teacher puts it in another Avay. He 
says, "The inherent irony and tragedy of much that passes 
for a high kind of socialized activity is precisely that it seeks 
a common good by methods Avhich forbid its being either 
common or a good" Now it seems that the Aveak realize 
this in the situation and ai'c presenting their claims rather 
emphatically. They ask for more co-operation, friendship, 
brotherhood and less and less of philanthropy and alms. 
They ask for a companionship Avith the less weak and a 
chance to co-operate freely and equally in the attainment 
of a common end. 

It does not folloAv that the ansAver to this claim Avill 
result in the disappearance of leadership, the guiding hand 
and the reassuring Avord, to be followed by an absolute 
equality of all, but it surely means a different kind of lead- 
ership and probably a gradual submergence of leaders as 
heroes and popular idols. Leadership Ave must and Avill 
have, but it Avill be less spectacular and more exacting in its 
demands. It Avas difficult enough to meet demands of th*^ 
old type of service; namely, to live and think on high 
enough plane to be a worthy leader and exemplar, but that 
Avas easy AA^hen compared to the task of living in such a Avay 
for the good of others as to call out and make effective their 
OAATi activities. It Avill be a leadership of service and sacri- 
fice plus efficiency in the art of co-operation. 

What is true of the claims of the Aveak individual is 
true of the small and Aveak nation. "Wliat Poland, Ireland 
and the Balkan nations Avant, is not necessarily a strength 
as great as that of America, England oi- France, but the 
right to dcA^elop Avhat strength they haA-e in their OAvn Avay, 
AA'hile co-operating AAdth the stronger in making the Avorld a 
better place in AA'hich to Ha'c. They Avish, not to be the ser- 
vants of democracy, but democracies co-operating Avith de- 
mocracies in a common task. They haA^e every right in the 
Avorld to pres.s their claims, for equality and co-operation 
are the very essence and root of democracy, and it Avas these 
stronger nations that gave democracy to the Avorld. Bal- 
ance of poAver and spheres of infliience must, in the Avorld 
that they desire. giA-e Avay to a League of Nations and self- 
determination. America has caught the vision of this high- 
er type of leadership. Can she impress her vicAVs upon the 
less fortimate, but not less honest nations of Europe? If she 
can, she is then free and ready for the longer and more te- 
dious task of dcA'eloping a greater brothei'hood and co-oper- 
ation in her OAvn industrial, social and political life, at home. 
The crucial days are yet before us. The reactionaries and 
tories like the poor and Aveak are ahvays Avith u'^. Unfor- 
tunately. hoAvcA^er, thcA' are neither poor nor Aveak, but en- 
trenched and poAverful in every nation. The forAvard-look- 
ing, sturdy manhood and Avomanhood that Avon the war 
must force them aside and grasp the ncAv Avorld that it had 
promised itself; that Avorld in Avhich brotherhood and co-op- 
eration win have an ever enlarging place, 



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Are the Home Fires Burning for the Home Coming Boys? 

By H. E. Eppley 



Our boys are coming home. Some are already home, 
while others are on the way. Others have not yet com- 
pleted the Avork assigned by their superior officers and will 
remain a while longer. Then they too will come home. 
"Are the Home Fires Burning" for them? is the question 
I am asked to contribute an article on. 

Our "Home Fires" are of different kinds and no doubt 
burn with diffei-ing degrees of brightness. Our plain duty, 
as keepers of the "Home Fires," is to keep them burning 
with as much brightness as is conducive to the best welfare 
of the boys when they arrive. May we think of a few of these 
"Home Fires" as follows: 

HOME — In regard to the home the question can be 
answered easily in the affirmative. Every parent, sister, 
brother, wife and child keeps the "Home Fire" burning 
brightly at all times. Not long ago on a trolley car I 
observed a returning soldier and his sister. When they 
alighted from the ear in front of the home the door' opened 
and almost instanth' the porch was filled with people. AU 
rushed down the steps and out into the street to meet the 
boy. The mother Avas first. Instantly both her arms were. 
clenched about his neck holding him as in a vice while 
showers of mother-kisses flooded his lips and cheek. Is it 
necessary to say the "Home Fire" was burning there? 

SWEETHEART— There arc many of them,— more than 
we can guess. IMany anxious moments have been exper- 
ienced when letters were slow to arrive or failed to arrive at 
all. Now HE is coming back. 

At the time the armistice ^vns signed a young lady said 
to me, — "What do j^ou think? I haven't heard from my 
friend in France for over a month." Next day she said, 
"I haven't heard from him yet." and so on e\evy day for 
a week. She became -worried and lines of unrest were vis- 
ible in her face. Then one day she was all smiles and said, 
"I received a letter from my friend." The "Home Fires 
of sweethearts bui-n brightly. 

FRATERNAIj ORGANIZATIONS— For the boys who are 
members of organizations special meetings are held ; ban- 
quets are given and special honors conferred upon them. 
Every assistance possible is given by the organization. In 
their own way these "Home Fires" burn also. 

Y. M. C. A.— How about the "Y"? It has already 
done much. Is it possible for the "Home Fires" to be burn- 
ing when the boys return? They should burn brighter. 

In one "Y" the "Fires" are kept burning four ways. 
First, a hearty personal welcome is given as soon as the 
boy arrives. Second, assistance is gi^'en in securing employ- 
ment. Third, all returned soldiers are given a banquet once 
a month. Fourth, a free membership is given to every re- 
turned soldier who lives in the toAvn. Does this signify 
a "Burning Home Fire?" 

COMMITvriTY — In many places communities are plan- 
ning great demonstrations for the returning boys. No ex- 
pense or effort is spared to make them a success. The com- 
munity "Fire" burns. 

BUSINESS— How about business? Is it paralyzed? 
Have the iiames of the "Home Fires" been smothered out? 
Long before we thought of commimity and other demonstra- 
tions chambers of commerce; city clubs; etc., Avere meeting 
in called sessions discussing "Business After the AVar. " One 
phase considered Avas the employment of the returning sol- 
dier. Every effort is being made to place them as fast as 
they return. Many firms are returning them to their former 
positions while many others are giAdng them the preference 
in filling positions. I belicA^e the business "Home Fire" is 
burning. 

NATION — ^But what about the national "Home Fires?" 
Are they burning? While in the midst of the conflict the 



nation was preparing for the return of her fighting boys. 
Immense hospitals Avere built to care for the wounded and 
to nurse them back to health if possible. Large schools were 
established in Avhich the crippled A\'ould be taught some 
trade or profession and thus be returned to civil life able 
to cope with other citizens in gaining a livelihood. It has 
been said "A big accident either makes or breaks a man." 
That is, a man either becomes more industrious or less so. 
The establishment of these schools in an effort to make these 
returning boys AA-ho haA^e been Avounded more efficient and 
industrious is an indication that the "Home Fires" of the 
nation are bunring for the "Home Coming Boys." 

CHURCH— This is the most vital of all. Hoaa- often, 
since the opening of the war, has the question been asked, 
"Is Christianity a failure?" Noav our boys are coming 
home and this brings us face to face A\-ith a real issue. Hoa\- 
are Ave meeting it? 

There is much that can be said on both sides. A man 
-prominent in public affairs, alluding to a certain church in 
his toAvn, said: "That church is losing the greatest oppor- 
tunity of its life. It is planning nothing for the I'eturned 
soldiers." A condition like this should not exist. This ar.'l 
all other churches should be planning a Christian reception, 
for the returning boys, of such high character as to win 
and hold them Avithin the ranks of Christianity. 

A minister made this statement from the puplit. "There 
are tAVO thousand soldiers crying for Ncav Testaments. ,\n 
appeal has been made to the General Board of this denom- 
ination to help furnish them. Do Ave Avant to heljD?" Does 
this indicate a condition of Avhieh the church could be 
proud? 

On the other hand F. B. Abbott in the Christian Herald 
writes, "Every year, in spite of the continued separation 
and the frequent accusation in the insinuating question "Is 
Christianity a failure?" the Avorld is learning to respect 
more and more the Avord "Christian," and to speculate upon 
the relation betAveen Christianity and religion as the 
churches dispense it. What but this steady Christian 
groAvth, a heart-hunger for self-manifestation, has created 
and nurtured the appalling number of religious sects Ave see 
today? We must admit that not materialism but spiritual 
hunger has been the foundation. ' ' 

"Are the Home Fires 'of the church' Burning for the 
Home Coming Boys?" Let us stop and take a sober and 
earnest look. Yes! let the church fall upon its knees and 
implore the Most High to remove the scales from its eyes 
that it may see. When it sees may it be seized Avith an holy 
desire to proclaim the "good ncAvs" as never before. The 
Avords of W. A. Hopkins, in an article in the Christian Her- 
ald, should stir the church into a deeper devotional life and 
greater activity. He Avrites, "Noav that the war is OA^er, the 
church should seek fitly to humble herself at the throne of 
grace, and implore divine aid in going forth AAdth the mes- 
sage of her Lord to the nations. The church should no lon- 
ger confine her Avork to China, India, Burma, Africa; the 
greatest need for pure evangelical preaching is at home, in 
Europe and among the most highly educated nations. The 
Lord God Almighty has shoAATi his church the dreadful and 
mournful need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be giA^en to 
those nations, and she noAv has the opportunity to CA^an- 
gelize and bring to the Cross those Erebus countries. There 
must be a forward moA-ement, and a "Go" in the church, 
not only to heathen lands bixt everyAvhere. ' ' 



Jesus came not merely to preach the gospel, but to be 
th gospel. He revealed God by Avord and life, so that there 
is a gospel to preach. His estimate of God is seen in his life 
as well as in his Avords, He could do this because he kne\y 
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Financing the Kingdom 

By E. L. Miller 



When the kingdoms of this world are in need of money 
for the carrying on of the work of government, they deter- 
mine the sum needed, then they organize their coi'ps of work- 
ers or solicitors, and in a trice they gather together three 
billions, four billions, or even seven billions of money. Now 
although this money is merely taken as a loan, it neverthe- 
less is money given, for in a few years the same government 
takes out of our pockets by way of taxes and other levies the 
funds to repay that loaned. Of course money must be had 
for running the affairs of state, and we willingly do our 
share in helping along the good work. But it is as true that 
there is a need of money to run the work of the Kingdom of 
God as evidenced in his church, the visible division. And 
what shall be the means used to finance that work of all 
works ? 

Well, sad to say, church people themselves would not 
for a moment think of using good business methods of the 
Government, nor yet those of any progressing and prosper- 
ing business institution. It is amazing how well the church 
has kept going -wath the slip-shod ways that it has used to 
further its work. Were any business institution this side of 
Glory to use methods as does the church it would be bank- 
rupt in a short time. Surely God iiiust be in tbe 
church or long since its credit would have been ruined. 
What makes it all the worse is that on the inside of the 
church there are such crab,s — shall I call them? — who decry 
any effort made to provide the funds for maintenance of 
that work. They say the Lord ^vill provide and then wait 
to see the miracle performed. Yes. the Lord does provide 
them with the funds and for them not to return unto him 
his share is practical theft. Read Malachi 3:8-12. Within 
the month I heard from a person in our town, not a mem- 
ber of my chTirch. thanks be. who stopped going to church 
because, as she said, "They expect you to pay to belong and 
I think religion ought to be free." She further said that it 
was always "money, money, money," nearly every time she 
met with them. But from her own words I take it she was 
like the fellow that came out of his home growling about his 
wife always asking for money. When a friend asked him 
what was the trouble, he said, "Every time I have left home 
for the ten years that we have been married my wife has 
asked me for money. I cannot see what she wants with all 
the money." The friend asked further how much money 
he was in the habit of giving her. and he got the reply, "T 
haven't given her any yet. " The moral is self-evident. In- 
deed I am thoroughly convinced that the ones that give the 
most, according to their means, and the freest as well, are 
tho«e that have no kick whatever about the church needing 
and asking for money. 

Now all that I know about raising church funds is 
wrapped un in the above. That is, I do not believe in do- 
ing more than going about it in a business-like manner, and 
after presenting the needs of the kingdom to the friends 
thereof, I expect them to be as loyal to it as Uncle Sam 
ever dared to expect them to be to his interests. In other 
words, it is all a matter of education, head and heart edu- 
cation, largely the latter. I am persuaded that where the 
pastor takes the time to preach erood sermons of the heart, 
and of obligation to the work at hand, there is little trouble 
in reaching the financial sroals of the church, local of gen- 
eral. In my o^^m work, if you will pardon a personal ref- 
erence, I have never done more than present the needs of the 
Kingdom as best I could, along with a fearless preaching of 
the gospel of giving as well as receiving, and I feel that our 
church is doing her part nobly. To nut it differpntly. g-et 
the people right with God and they -nnll never hesitate about 
the work of financing his work. The work of raising the 
money needed to keep our credit good is more than adopting 
the budget system and the Duplex envelope system, excel- 
lent though those things may be. It is more than promise 



ing to lift the usual Simday offerings and the regularly 
stated general offerings. It is getting right with God, to 
use the phrase that means so much and is understood so 
little. If when the patriotic fervor of the people was aroused 
they would rally to the call of the Goveriunent and freely 
give twenty billions of money, what should be the result if 
the religious fervor of the people were aroused to its prop- 
er degree? The total requests per member made by our 
general and district boards do not exceed one dollar and 
seventy-five cents per year in any district of the brother- 
hood, and how we agonize about it, while as a patriotic 
duty in oiae year we HILARIOUSLY gave the mild average 
of about one hundred and seventy-five DOLLARS per head. 
I do not decry the patriotism for we were up against it, to 
put it in the terms of the street, but I do wonder at the re- 
ligion that will cause us to shirk the far smaller I'equire- 
tnents for the more lasting results. 

Friends, it may have been a mistake to assign me this 
topic, for I may have been expected to have given you some 
panacea for getting the money out of tight-wads without 
disturbing their religious ease in Zion. I do not think that 
the editor would expect me to give you any catch-penny 
methods for carrying on the work, for I know him too well 
for that. Yet even though I do fall down on the thing ex- 
pected, I know that what I have given you is the ONLY ivay 
to finance the Kingdom and to do it as the Lord would 
have it done. Get the grace of God in your hearts, don't 
forget to let your conversion reach as far south as your 
pocket-book, get a business-like system, such as the budget 
and Duplex, to work, and then in the fear and favor of 
the Lord do not give grudgingly but with a hearty good will 
give hilariously as did those of old, and you A\'ill get the 
blessings that can come in no other way. You will be sur- 
prised how easily it can be done, and as I have heard tes- 
timony by many of my own people, it comes easy and so 
freely and in such amounts that they cannot understand 
where it all comes from. The latter is a sign that not any 
one or two are doing the giving, but that it is scattered 
through the whole church, each laying by as the Lord has 
prospered him. Why not do it God's way and be sure you 
are right? Of course the way some give you would think 
that the Lord never gave them anything, but do not take 
them as an example. Be as honest with your God as you 
wish your neighbor to be with you and all the troubles of 
financing the Kingdom will be answered. "Would a man 
rob God?" Well, don't you do it? Give and you will re- 
ceive. 

POLAND'S SPARTAN WOMEN 

In an article on "Outraged Poland" in the Woman's 
Home Companion, Mme. Padere^vska writes: 

"Bismarck, the man of blood and iron, once said, 'As 
long as Polish women live Poland is not doomed. ' 

"Proud in spirit, courageous in teaching their children 
the love of country despite the cruel edicts of three masters 
— Germany, Russia and Austria — seeking to crush Poland 
into the soil, it was the women of this unfortunate land who 
made their country invincible, though conquered. 

"It was they who encouraged their children to endure 
the flogging in the schools rather than give up their beauti- 
ful mother tongue ; for their masters were determined to 
crush out even the language of these conquered people. 

"Young men and women who persisted in teaching the 
Polish language secretly have been sent in great numbers to 
Siberia. 

"Polish women are highly intellectual, given more to 
the higher arts than to domestic duties. Each woman deems 
herself a little queen in her own household, ready at all times 
to give her life for her country. ' ' 



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The Sin Against the Holy Ghost. By a. t. wirick 

TEXT: Matthew 12: 31, 32 
little knowledge on this pie of the coming judgment 



There is very much anxiety and 
important subject. After a hopeless cssaj' at understanding it, many 
persons give it up in confusion and do not try to understand it, 
but it is neither mysterious nor obscure in its true and inward mean- 
ing. Some think that all ordiriiiry sin or blasphemy w:is to be for- 
given, even when applied to the Son of God; but that there was a 
peculiar reason of sacrcdness why, in regard to the Holy .Spirit, blas- 
phemy was unpardonable or that there was some prominent glory in 
the Holy Spirit which made blasphemy against it more culpable. 
Either of these ways of looking at it carries us further from the 
true ground of solution. 

If you read the 12th chapter of Matthew, you will find it a his- 
tory of our Master's conflict with his enemies, waged not in words 
but deeds. First he heals a withered hand. They saw no good in it 
but a violation of the Sabbath. Then he cast out a devil. They could 
not deny the good of this but said the prince of devils helped him. 
Then Jesus uttered the text. 

The facts in these cases cannot be evaded. Here was God's work 
manifested, both by power and beneficence. The Scribes and Phari- 
sees looked on without the slightest sympathy, either with its mercy 
or its divinity. They coolly said, "It is Beezlebub that helps him. ' ' 
To me it means that if the moral faculties by which man discerns 
good and evil are so perverted that when brought under the full 
power of the Holy Spirit, who gives forth that light and stimulus by 
which the mora! sense acts, he is still unyielding to that power, con- 
demns the Holy Spirit and deliberately relieves God's truth and good- 
ness, it is evidence that he is fatally diseased. He has gone so far 
he can not be recovered. This truth runs through the whole of the 
scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. Isaiah says, "Woe to 
them that call evil good and good evil." Jesus said, "Men love 
darkness rather than light ' ' and ' ' If the light that is in you be dark- 
ness how great is that darkness." Paul said, "some did not want to 
retain an enlightening God in their thoughts so he gave them up to 
reprobate minds." These are but a few instances which show how 
the moral sense can be perverted until a man is at variance with the 
great facts of good and evil and with his own nature and blasphemes 
the Holy Spirit, who gives to the soul its light. So Jesus said, "A 
man may blaspheme the Son," that is, Jesus walking in humiliation 
as a man; may oppose him hastily and blindly and be forgiven. But 
no man can blaspheme the Holy Spirit that shines upon his moral 
conscience and be forgiven. And no man will, until he has gone so 
far that he is given over to a reprobate mind. 

We may get a clearer view of this truth if we look at the 
Three Dispensations 

First, there was the patriarchal dispcnsaticm, when God ruled and 
spoke to man directly. Then if man sinned God forgave him. In the 
garden Adam and Eve heard God say, "The day you cat of the for- 
bidden fruit you shall surely die." The devil said, "you will not die, 
you will be wise like God." They parlied \vith him until they 
thought God's truth a lie and the devil's lie a truth. Like many do 
today, they ate and sin came. But God did not blot them out at once. 
He came walking in the garden at evening time, not running as soon 
as the act was done to smite the guilty pair. God was slow to pun- 
ish but quick to forgive. An animal was slain to cover their sin and 
the atonement by blood began. But in spite of God's goodness and 
mercy, man became so sinful that every imagination was evil; so 
Noah, a righteous man, was called to build an ark and warn the peo- 



This he did but they mocked him. No 
doubt when he preached they said, ' ' Let the old crazy fellow build 
his boat. We will take it for a dance hall. ' ' For a hundred and 
twenty years he endured their jeers. Then God spoke again saying, 
"Go into the ark," and one day the wicked saw the beasts of the 
field coming in two by two and the fowls of the air two by two, and 
they said, "Merciful God what does this thing mean? We never 
saw this before." So the wise men were called to explain it. The 
astronomers said, "There is no sign in the heaven of a storm." The 
geologist pounded the rocks and said, "Noah is mistaken. We can 
find no sign in the rocks." The biologists were busy pulling bugs 
and beetles to pieces. They said, "No signs in the bugs." They saw 
the clouds gather and all joined in the chorus, ' ' We do not know 
what it means but we know Noah is mistaken. ' ' Then one day Noah 
stepped in the ark and God shut the door, and that moment mercy 
ceased and judgment began. Cloud met cloud and the rain descended 
until the streams swelled and the lowlands w-cre covered. Still they 
said ' ' Noah is mistaken, ' ' but the storm swept on till some ran to 
the ark door praying, pounding and calling, "Noah! Noah! ^ve be- 
lieve you now. For God's sake open the door." But Noah replied 
"For 120 years I warned you of this. Now God has shut the door, 
I can not open it." Higher and higher the water rose until I saw 
one lone man with a child in his arms, and his frightened wife by his 
side, reaching the last mountain top. A wave washes her down. Ho 
pats his babe 's pale cheek and sighs ' ' I would to God I were pure 
again," and falls beneath the angry waves and dies. 

God starts a new world w-ith Noah, but he sins. Altars are built, 
sacrifices are offered, and God forgives again and again. Prophets 
are sent to warn the people and to woo them back to God, but they 
kill the prophets and tear down the altars of God. What shall God 
do? He has driven them from the Garden, destroyed them with a 
flood, selected one nation to bless the rest, disciplined them in Egyp- 
tian bondage, overlooked their faults and sins but still they do not 
heed. At last he sends his Son. Maybe they will hear him. So 
we have Jesus coming under the Jewish dispensation. He too for 
gave sin; he said he came for that very purpose and died praying 
forgiveness for his murderers. They had hounded his tracks, lied 
about him, spit in his face, nailed him to a cross to die. They stabbed 
his pulseless heart, with a spear. 

Has God done enough? Not yet. Listen to Jesus: "If I go 
away I will pray the Father and he will send the Comforter. He will 
lead you into all truth and convict the world of sin." So on the day 
of Pentecost, A. D., 33, he came in fullness and power to lead and en- 
lighten men. This is the origin of the last and most perfect dispen- 
sation of religion God has given, or ever will give to the world. Up 
to the day of Pentecost, every dispensation was prophetical. This 
one is historical and final. Even the life and death and resurrection 
of Christ were but preparatory means for the great dispensation of 
the Spirit. Every preparation was completed. All the constitu- 
ent elements of Christianity were now provided. The life of Christ 
had demonstrated the practicability and holiness of God's laws. His 
death has constituted an atonement for transgressors. His resurrec- 
tion had attested it. His visible ascension had consumated his in- 
carnate life on earth. The work of Christ was finished. Christianity 
was a completed system, stereotyped for all men to the end of the 
world. Under the first dispensation God reveals his power, wisdom, 
holiness and law. Under Jesus, he reveals himself as a teacher, a 
mediator, a sacrifice filled witn love. Lastly comes the Spirit's reign. 
He is the source of life, the Enlightener, the Sanctifier, the Comforter. 

Now if men sinned against the Father under the first dispensa- 
tion, thej could be forgivec. For Jesus was yet to come. If they 



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sinned against Jesus, they could be forgiven even his murderers, for 
the Holy Spirit was yet to come. But if they sinned against the 
Holy Spirit, that is, his light within, there is no more to be done. The 
full power of God 's redeeming light and love has been spent on them 
in vain. The next and last dispensation will be Christ's second ad- 
vent to judge the incurably wicked. 

In one of the lodges they have a degree in which the candidate 
climbs up a ladder and looking over. a curtain sees a coffin, spade and 
an open grave, over which are printed these words, "The end. No 
more to follow. ' ' This is to teach that the lodge will go with you 
to the grave. But it is for this life only. You may climb the hill 
of Calvary and see the Son of God with outstretched arms taking the 
tears of human sorrow in one hand and the keys of eternal dominion 
in the other as he bows his head and says, "It is finished" in a 
voice that shakes the earth and darkens the heavens. It is finished, 
there is no more to follow. God did his best when he gave his only 
Son. He has no more to give. Jesus did his best when he gave his 
life. What more can he do? The Holy Spirit is doing his best for he 
is poured out, which means he is e.xhausted. The Trinity has given 
its highest exhibition of Divine love, while a sinful world stands 
back and asks for more. Oh sir! If you resist the prayers of the 
church, the pleading of the preacher, the love of God, the blood of 
Jesus and wooing light of the Holy Spirit you are a doomed man and 
can only hope to sink into the bosom of that perpetual storm that 
rains eternal misery in hell. 

Let us now look at a few definite points. First, this is not a sin 
one can commit by accident, without knowing it. I say this is an 
alleviation to many persons who are in great distress. They are 
afraid they have committed the unpardonable sin, perhaps in some 
outburst of anger, when they blasphemed everything or committed 
some terrible sin, such as adultery or theft. No! this sin is not a 
single act but a comprehensive state of mind. There is a dissipation 
of soul which comes on, like dissipation of- body. Not in a single 
day or week, but by repeated perversion of man's reason, perversion 
of his moral sympathies, perversion of his choices, perversion of 
his judgment in respect to things right and wrong. It may 
be consumated in some terrible act, but this is just the closing of n 
long series of wickednesses. 

No man has committed the unpardonable sin who fears he has, 
for the very nature of that sin is insensibility. A man maj' lead a 
life of sin, but as long as he resists, and has any kick back in him, 
as long as there is power in the truth to touch his nerve of sensibil- 
ity, so long he is not of reprobate mind. 

We all need to ask God for pardon every day, but so long as 
our conscience is alive, we may be sure we have not sinned away our 
day of grace. ^i-' 

Is this perversion frequent? Are men peculiarly liable to it'? 
Men are not likely to fall into it suddenly, but there are some who 
are especially in danger of it; namely, those who prefer lies to truth, 
vice to virtue, oppression to justice. They lose all accuracy of 
judgment. By their interest, by the influence of thier companions 
and by the long drill of their own minds they are changed about. No 
man can look upon them without feeling, "If they are right, I am 
wrong. If I am wrong they are right. They call good evil and evil 
good. ' ' This perversion may be the result of physical dissipation, 
which not only corrupts the body but demoralizes the soul. Some 
men 's dissipation only destroys their nervous or physical system, yet 
they know what is right and what is wrong and admit it, while others 
are made regular devils, so that kindness becomes cruelty, and purity 
becomes vulgarity. The higher elements of the soul are overwhelmed 
by lava-like passions. Their affections are destroyed; you may sound 
along every nerve and chord, there is no response. When he is 
brought into the presence of the truth and under the direct inshining 
of the Holy Spirit there is nothing in him that responds, but some- 
thing that acts against it. Such persons have committed the un- 
pardonable sin. 

There are other men we call moral men, who are in danger of 
this sin too. They are the men who sin and do not seem to know it. 
Some men sin and know it. They keep a sense of God's law intact. 
They have a conscience but ride over it. They sin with their eyes 
open but others seem to have their eyes put out.